by Gene Luen Yang
The stories of Jin Wang, new to his school but NOT new to the U.S., the Monkey King of Chinese Fable, and Danny and his cousin Chin-Kee all intertwine in this graphic novel. Jin wants to fit in at his new school not be made fun of for being Chinese-American. The Monkey King masters kung fu in hopes of being hailed as a god. Danny wants Chin-Kee, the ultimate Chinese stereotype, to leave him alone so that he can go about the business of making friends at his new school without the burden and shame of explaining his cousin. These stories come together in very unexpected ways, with story and pictures that will entertain and make you think about whether you're truly happy being who you are.