Today’s Book Spotlight is on Saints by: Gene Luen Yang.
Four-Girl has been cursed since birth. She is the only one of her siblings to live past infancy and shortly after she was born, her father died. Her grandfather wants nothing to do with her and thinks she is a devil-child. He won’t even give her a real name. So Four-Girl decides that if she is called a devil, then she will actually become a devil.
She gets her chance one day when some foreigners show up in her village and smash a statue of the local god. Four-Girls hears everyone call the foreigners and their God “Foreign Devils” and she knows she has to join up with them to become what her grandfather says she is. Except the foreigners aren’t devils. They’re Christians.
The Christians accept Four-Girl for who she is and give her a new name, Vibiana. They teach her their religion and philosophies and although she is confused, she tries her best to live up to what the Christians say her destiny is. This is complicated by the fact that Vibiana starts to see a mysterious figure in the woods who tells her that she must become a warrior maiden in order to keep her native land of China whole.
This graphic novel is the companion to Boxers, also by Gene Luen Yang. It tells the same story of the Boxer Uprising, but through the eyes of a Chinese Christian. The two stories cross over with each other, but it is not necessary to read them in a particular order. It is a perfect blend of fantasy, history, and fiction that will make learning about this actual historical event entertaining and also shed light on the complicated reasons behind this major even in Chinese history. To reserve a copy of this book, please fill out a book request form.