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Review of My Grandfather’s Song

My Grandfather’s Song by Phùng Nguyên Quang and Huỳnh Kim Liên; illus. by the authorsPrimary    Make Me a World/Random    40 pp.10/23    9780593488614    $18.99Library ed.  9780593488621    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593488638    $10.99At the beginning of the story, a grandson and grandfather stand with their palms pressed together, bowing in reverence to the jungle....

Review of Family Style: Memories of an American from Vietnam

Family Style: Memories of an American from Vietnam by Thien Pham; illus. by the authorMiddle School, High School    First Second    240 pp.6/23    9781250809711    $25.99Paper ed.  9781250809728    $17.99e-book ed.  9781250336101    $11.99This graphic memoir begins with the author’s earliest memory: trying to quench his thirst with seawater as he and his family...

Review of Make a Move, Sunny Park!

Make a Move, Sunny Park! by Jessica KimIntermediate, Middle School    Kokila/Penguin    352 pp.8/23    9780525555001    $18.99e-book ed.  9780525555018    $10.99Korean American Sunny Park wants to support her best friend, Bailey, whose parents are getting divorced (she also wants to avoid Bailey’s resentment). Although Sunny experiences social anxiety, she agrees to endure the...

Review of The Many Masks of Andy Zhou

The Many Masks of Andy Zhou by Jack ChengIntermediate, Middle School    Dial    320 pp.6/23    9780525553823    $17.99e-book ed.  9780525553847    $10.99On the morning after Andy Zhou’s grandparents arrive in Detroit from Shanghai for a six-month stay, his best (and only) friend convinces him to bleach his hair. “We’re going into middle school....

Review of Three Keys: A Front Desk-Novel

Three Keys: A Front Desk Novel by Kelly Yang Intermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    288 pp.    g  9/20    978-1-338-59138-5    $17.99  Library ed.  978-1-4328-8326-3    $20.99  e-book ed.  978-1-338-64816-4    $10.99  In this sequel to Front Desk (rev. 7/18), eleven-year-old Chinese American Mia Tang continues helping to run her now family-and-worker-owned motel in ­California. ­Business is going well, but...

Review of Love, Love

Love, Love by Victoria Chang Intermediate, Middle School    Sterling    214 pp.    g 6/20    978-1-4549-3832-3    $16.95 This semiautobiographical verse novel begins with eleven-year-old Chinese American girl Frances Chin witnessing an attack on her older sister, Clara, behind their school. (Frances herself has endured taunts centered on race: “you’re SO SO ugly...

Review of Stand Up, Yumi Chung!

Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim Intermediate, Middle School    Kokila/Penguin    314 pp.    g 3/20    978-0-525-55497-4    $16.99 Eleven-year-old Yumi is spending the summer helping her family’s struggling Korean barbecue restaurant in L.A. and studying to earn an academic scholarship to the private school where she has just spent her sixth-grade...

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