SaintsGraphic Novel - 2013
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Four-Girl isn't even given a proper name by her family. When she joins the church, she is given a new name and a new purpose. She is inspired by Joan of Arc to be a warrior maiden. The heroes of Boxers become the villains of Saints as we see the double edged sword of war, and the lengths we will ... Read More »
LibraryK8 May 23, 2014
Yang has a simple illustration style that keeps the reader visually engaged with bold lines and eye-catching use of color. The story is a bit confusing, and feels disjointed at times, but picks up after Vibiana leaves her family and becomes easier to follow. Short and bittersweet this book leaves... Read More »
JCLChrisK Jan 05, 2014
I've been sitting on this review for a couple of days waiting for a muse, and haven't been able to find inspiration. It was a perfectly good read--high quality, fascinating story, engaging storytelling, compelling character development, impeccable illustrations--but for whatever reason I can't ge... Read More »
JCLGreggW Dec 04, 2013
From NPR: http://apps.npr.org/best-books-2013/
(And seriously, if you haven't ever read his AMERICAN BORN CHINESE, please do so.)
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green_owl_22 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 10
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The book that I read was "Saints". The reason why I picked this book was because the cover of the book seemed very cool and it caught my attention. When I scammed through the book I realized it was a comic book. Personally, comic books seem really interesting to me because of its style. Going back to the cover, I realized that the main character would be from China. The first chapters, I personally think that readers could relate because the little girl was going through family problems.
Four Girl is unwanted and unloved by her family. Seen as a demon-child, her family practically gives her up as a lost cause. Four girl, searching for acceptance discovers catholic missionaries near her small Chinese village.
After one exceptionally harsh experience with her grandfather, Four runs into the forest and sees a vision of Jeanne D'Arc. As Four distances herself from her family, and grows closer to the missionaries visions of Jeanne come more often, offering peace and guidance.
When her family discovers that Four plans to convert to Catholicism, the beat her, and Four, now christened Vibiana, runs away to work at the Catholic orphanage. Mostly lost in a sea of tales and saints, Vibiana doesn't understand most of her new faith, but she understands the acceptance she feels. Visions of the Maid of Orleans continue and Vibiana decides they are a sign she is supposed to be a woman warrior like Jeanne and convinces another convert, and former bandit to teach her the sword.
As the Boxer Rebellion rages in China, hunting down Christians and foreigners, Vibiana fears for the safety of her adopted family.
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