ARC Review of Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

Disclaimer: I received an eARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Dragon Hoops is a true story about Bishop O’Dowd High School’s 2014-2015 basketball season. Yang was a teacher at Bishop O’Dowd High School, and upon being stuck about what story to tell next, he turned to the famed basketball team. While the basketball team had made state several times, the state title remained elusive. While Yang didn’t quite know what the outcome would be for that season, he decided that this story needed to be told.

Yang tells of current coach Lou Richie, Coach Mike Phelps (retired), and the teens on the team that season. He effortlessly weaves together basketball history along with the history of basketball at Bishop O’Dowd High School.

Essentially, Yang manages to tell a story through a graphic novel that can be fairly compared to Friday Night Lights.

This will appeal to all readers, especially those who love basketball.

Dragon Hoops releases March 17, 2020.

ARC Review of The Phantom Twin by Lisa Brown

Disclaimer: I received an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Isabel and Jane are the Extraordinary Peabody Sisters. Sold to a carnival shortly after they were born as conjoined twins, they are a part of the “Freak Show” in the carnival. When a doctor sees their act, he believes that he can successfully separate them, giving Jane what she’s always longed for: her own life separate from Isabel.

But then the surgery goes wrong, and Isabel is the one to survive. She’s then haunted by her twin Jane as she tries to navigate life no longer conjoined and now no longer an asset to the carnival.

Isabel finds allies along the way, but she also finds that she shouldn’t be so easy to trust people. She must find ways to navigate her new life successfully before she can no longer go with the carnival.

The Phantom Twin is a historical graphic novel that explores the idea of the old school freak shows in a new light. This is a quick read.

The Phantom Twin releases on March 3.