By: Gene Luen Yang
Review By: Dilan Mehta
In this book, Gene Luen Yang, the author, tells how he needed a new idea for a graphic novel. At the school that he teaches, all anyone can talk about is basketball. The Bishop O'Dowd Dragons, the men's basketball team, are inching closer and closer to the California State Championships. Gene wonders if this could be a good story. Gene hated sports when he was a kid, especially basketball. The other kids used to call him Stick because he was so skinny. This is why Gene is a little undecided about making a book that is all about basketball. But once he follows the Dragons around, goes to their games, cheers them on, hears their stories, talks to the coaches, and stays with them all the way, he realizes that some heroes don't wear capes. This book is about those heroes and their stories. Follow them, too, as they play against the De La Salle Spartans, The Bishop Gorman Gaels, the Montverde Eagles, the Waynesville Tigers, the Sacramento Dragons, the Moreau Catholic Mariners, the Castro Valley Trojans, the Hayward Farmers, the Alameda Hornets, the Tennyson Lancers, the Mt. Eden Monarchs, the Berkeley Yellow Jackets, the San Leandro Pirates, the Alhambra Bulldogs, the Campolindo Cougars, the Modesto Christian Crusaders, and finally, the Mater Dei Monarchs, in which they play in the State championship. Along the way, Gene not only learns about basketball, teamwork, friends, winning, losing, and heroes but also about himself. This graphic novel was vividly and boldly illustrated, and tells a great story!