Parents' Guide to

Dragon Hoops

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Cartoonist tracks winning season in riveting graphic novel.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Swearing, politically charged, molestation, explains instances of racial discrimination

I did not enjoy sifting through all the language and racial messaging to get to the one important message in this book. I can appreciate the book outlined historical events but did so from a slanted and aggressive point of view. Every page has multiple swear words, discusses possible misconduct from a coach, criticism of people because of their race, etc. I loved the messaging about perseverance -but there are better book choices out there for a kid that can give you the same inspiration. Do yourself a favor and skip this one.

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 12+

Except for the Cussing...

It was an interesting book that hit on A LOT of topics. They really could have left the cuss words out to make it a strange, but interesting, good book.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (1):

Nonfiction sports stories are fairly unusual in comics, but this epic tale of sportsmanship shows that the medium is perfectly suited to the subject. In Dragon Hoops, cartoonist Gene Yang pulls out all the stops to celebrate the Bishop O'Dowd High School basketball team, mixing reportage and history to captivating effect. He captures the energy on the court and delves into the psychology of the team's players. Sure to please sports fans, the book also has plenty of relevance for those who don't follow the games. Dragon Hoops is a winner all around!

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