YANG WARRIORS virtual event with the East Side Freedom Library, Kao Kalia Yang, and Billy Thao

Kao Kalia Yang and Billy Thao will host a virtual event with the East Side Freedom Library on Friday, April 16 for a discussion of their new book, YANG WARRIORS.
When Apr 16, 2021
from 19:00 PM to 20:30 PM
Where Virtual (more info below)
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Award-winning author Kao Kalia Yang delivers an inspiring tale of resourceful children confronting adversaries in a refugee campKao Kalia Yang and Billy Thao will host a virtual event with the East Side Freedom Library on Friday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. for a discussion of their new book, Yang Warriors. Please register here to receive the virtual meeting information.

In this inspiring picture book, fierce and determined children confront the hardships of Ban Vinai refugee camp, where Kao Kalia Yang lived as a child. Accompanied by the evocative and rich cultural imagery of debut illustrator Billy Thao, the warriors’ secret mission shows what feats of compassion and courage children can perform, bringing more than foraged greens back to the younger children and to their elders. In this unforgiving place, with little to call their own, these children are the heroes, offering gifts of hope and belonging in a truly unforgettable way. 

"Yang Warriors entranced me from start to finish. Kao Kalia Yang reminds us that children can be just as brave, steadfast, and pure of heart as any adult. This tale of hope and resilience will inspire young warriors everywhere." —Christina Soontornvat, author of All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team

"These children are not warriors in violence or ferocity, or even strength or speed, but rather by way of their purposeful, determined, courageous compassion. The lessons in this book are not for children so much as from them, and I remain grateful to Master Me and his tiny band of heart warriors for this demonstration of love in action." —Liz Garton Scanlon, author of All the World

"Yang Warriors is a gentle reminder that superheroes come in all shapes and sizes. A moving and powerful story of the hope and resilience of a Hmong family." —Carole Lindstrom, author of We Are Water Protectors