Yang, Gene Luen

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
"China, 1898. An unwanted and unwelcome fourth daughter, Four-Girl isn't even given a proper name by her family when she's born. She finally finds friendship-- and a name, Vibiana -- in the most unlikely of places: Christianity. But China is a dangerous place for Christians. The Boxer Rebellion is in full swing, and bands of young men roam the countryside, murdering Westerners and Chinese Christians alike. Torn between her nation and her Christian friends, Vibiana will have to decide where her true loyalties lie-- and whether she is willing to die for her faith" -- front flap.

Publisher: New York :, First Second,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781596436893
Branch Call Number: ygn YANG 2013
Characteristics: 170 pages:,chiefly illustrations ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Pien, Lark


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There are two sides to every story. Boxers and Saints represent different perspectives in the Chinese Boxer rebellion. Graphic novel. (Companion book to "Boxers".)

A mistreated Chinese girl decides to become a Christian despite the heavy cultural stigma it carries.

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Feb 21, 2015
  • KingSalomon rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Not as good as Boxers, but still decent.

Nov 14, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_StephenA rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Saints, along with its partner book Boxers, is a quirky story in true Gene Luen Yang style. Though I wasn't wild about the ending, the action is compelling and I definitely don't regret reading both of them. Of the two, I preferred Saints, but definitely read Boxers first!

Jul 13, 2014
  • jackjackattack95 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very exciting, funny read!

May 23, 2014
  • LibraryK8 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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 the reader wanting. Perhaps reading the companion novel Boxers will fulfill that need.

Apr 24, 2014
  • CRRL_CraigGraziano rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Boxers & Saints are a masterful pair of graphic novels that offer perspective on both sides of China's Boxer Rebellion, a decade long struggle that I am ashamed to say I knew nothing about. The struggle hinged upon the arrival of Europeans who brought Christianity to the Chinese along with an unfortunate dose of subjugation.

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Mar 24, 2014

Yang weaves some quite controversial historical issues into his graphic novel. I was so glad to read the honesty with which he expresses them. The conundrums western missionaries must have caused in Chinese society comes through painfully strong.

Feb 26, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful way to introduce someone to the basics of the Boxer Rebellion. Definitely read with the companion book Boxers. I hope to see more books like these two.

Feb 25, 2014

It's a shame that SAINTS is styled as a shorter bookend to the companion volume BOXERS, because the underdog girl hero in this book is much more interesting and appealing than her marauding counterpart in the main volume. So read BOXERS to get the context of the Boxer Rebellion, but turn to SAINTS for the truly affecting storytelling.

Feb 23, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Every war has two sides and this one just seems more heartbreaking than Boxers if only because of Four-Girl/Vibiana's fate and how the story begins. She's an unwanted girl who finds a family in the 'devils' that have come to China. She finds a home and a purpose and does all she can to live up to, and she even does in end. Both books need to be read together and they are just wonderful.

Jan 06, 2014
  • naguiar rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I found this book a much more compelling read than its predecessor, Boxers. I found the main character much more likable in terms of her humanity and her will. But again, as was with Boxers, too much emphasis was placed on her connection with Joan of Arc and how she kept seeing and talking to her ghost, rather than focusing on the real history of the Boxer Rebellion. I was also deeply unsatisfied with the ending, especially after having read Boxers.

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May 20, 2014
  • green_owl_22 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

green_owl_22 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 10

Nov 07, 2013
  • KingSalomon rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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May 23, 2014
  • LibraryK8 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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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Nov 07, 2013
  • KingSalomon rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: not as bad as boxers but there is a arrow to the head and slashing with swords some blood


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