Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association
YA Literature - Honor Book

2011 Eisner Award Nominee
Best Publication for Young Adults

Level Up

illustrated by Thien Pham
published by First Second Books
recommended for Middle School and Up
available at your comics shop, your indie bookstore, and

How do you decide what to do with your life? This question took up much of my head space when I was in my late teens, and it’s also the central question of this book. This is video games vs. med school– a tale inspired by my brother (a medical doctor) and illustrated by my brother-in-cartooning Thien Pham (not a medical doctor).

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