A Librarian Reads…

Saints by Gene Luen Yang

Four-Girl is her mother’s fourth child. Her grandfather refused to give her a proper name, and she grew up feeling alone and despised. A chance encounter with a doctor who is a Christian catches her interest. But it isn’t until she sees a vision of Joan of Arc that she really takes the religion seriously. In Christianity she finds an acceptance and welcome she never felt at home. Renamed Vibiana, she leaves home to go tend orphans at a Christian village. But the Boxer Rebellion is closing in, killing anyone who refuses to renounce their foreign ways.

In this companion to Boxers, we see the story of the Chinese Christians caught between their cultural history and their new faith. Recommended to readers in middle school and up who enjoy historical fiction.

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