Fantasy, Adventure, Legends, and Family Legacy in These "Shang-Chi" Read-Alikes

Readers who loved Shang-Chi's action, adventure, and lore should enjoy these three titles.

Courtesy of Marvel Studios

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

PG-13. In theaters, Disney+.

In this latest Marvel blockbuster, Chinese American Kung Fu master Shang-Chi must return home to confront his father’s militarist organization, the Ten Rings. With nonstop action, this exciting and eye-catching film will please longtime fans of the Marvel universe and newcomers alike.



Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Little, Brown. 2009.
Gr 3-6–Chinese girl Minli must save her village by finding the Old Man of the Moon along with a friendly flightless dragon and a talking fish. While Shang-Chi is faster paced, readers interested in Chinese legends and quests will be entranced.

The Dragon Path by Ethan Young. Graphix. 2021.
Gr 4-7–In this fast-paced, steampunk graphic novel, Prince Sing must save his family after a surprise attack by the Dragon Tribe. Fantasy-adventure fans who love their stories action-packed will enjoy this quick read.

The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao. Bloomsbury. 2019.
Gr 4-7–This adventure story based on Chinese mythology stars biracial (Chinese and Mediterranean) 12-year-old Faryn, a member of the elite demon hunting organization the Jade Society. Faryn must complete a quest to claim the envied role of Heaven Breaker. Fans of martial-arts action and themes of family legacy will enjoy this fast-paced series starter.


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