From Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and author of American Born Chinese, comes a magical realist coming-of-age tale, by turns whimsical and deadly serious.
Nothing is what it seems when life collides with video games.
Dennis Ouyang has always struggled in the shadow of his parents? expectations: Stay focused in high school, do well in college, go to medical school, and become a gastroenterologist.
But between his father’s death, his academic burnout, and his deep (and distracting) love of video games, Dennis can’t endure. He’s kicked out of college. And that’s when things get . . . weird.
Four adorable?but bossy?angels, straight out of a sappy greeting card, appear and take charge of Dennis’s life. He’s back on track to become a gastroenterologist. But is he living the life he wants?
Partnered with the deceptively simple, cute art of Thien Pham, Gene Yang has returned to the subject he revolutionized with American Born Chinese. Whimsical and serious by turns, Level Up is a new look at the tale that Yang has made his own: coming of age as an Asian American.
A New York Times Notable Children’s Book (Young Adult) for 2011
A YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults
A YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens
An Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honor Title
A New York Times Notable Children?s Book
“Deliciously imaginative . . . uproariously funny . . . A book so good, it’s hard not to fall back on reviewers’ clichés.” ?The New York Times
“A manifesto for everyone who’s ever wrestled with the expectations of their family, their friends, and their society (and who hasn’t?), and it’s ultimately both humane and inspiring.? ?Boing Boing
“A piquant, multilayered coming-of-age fable for the wired generation.” ?Kirkus Reviews
160 page full color paperback
Square Fish, 2016