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Review of My Father, the Panda Killer

My Father, the Panda Killer by Jamie Jo HoangHigh School    Crown    384 pp.8/23    9780593642962    $18.99Library ed.  9780593642979    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593642986    $10.99In this unflinching dual-perspective coming-of-age story, a California teen who at first loathes being Vietnamese gains pride in her heritage while also coming to terms with her emotionally distant, physically...

Review of Ghost Book

Ghost Book by Remy Lai; illus. by the authorIntermediate, Middle School    Holt    320 pp.8/23    9781250810410    $22.99Paper ed.  9781250810434    $14.99Twelve-year-old July Chen has lived a lonely life. Her classmates and teacher constantly forget her (“Are you a new student?”), and her father is too tired and preoccupied to pay much attention...

Review of Chinese Menu: The History, Myths, and Legends Behind Your Favorite Foods

Chinese Menu: The History, Myths, and Legends Behind Your Favorite Foods by Grace Lin; illus. by the authorIntermediate    Little, Brown    288 pp.9/23    9780316486002    $24.99e-book ed.  9780316486392    $13.99Food, folklore, and history combine for a mouthwatering and enlightening read in Lin’s collection of stories about more than twenty dishes, drinks, and staples...

Review of Bubble Trouble

Bubble Trouble by Wendy Wan-Long ShangIntermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    240 pp.7/23    9781338802146    $18.99Shang finds the right blend of serious and comedic in this novel about friendship, grief, and tween romance. Musical theater fan Chloe Wong, still grieving the loss of her mother, an ER doctor who died from COVID-19, yearns...

Review of Enlighten Me

Enlighten Me by Minh Lê; illus. by Chan ChauIntermediate, Middle School    LB Ink/Little, Brown    144 pp.9/23    9780759555471    $24.99Paper ed.  9780759555488    $12.99e-book ed.  9780316395526    $9.99Middle-schooler Binh isn’t happy about his Vietnamese American family’s trip to a silent Buddhist meditation retreat. His beloved Game Boy is taken away, and, worse, Binh has...

Review of Hungry Ghost

Hungry Ghost by Victoria Ying; illus. by the author; color by Lynette WongHigh School    First Second    208 pp.4/23    9781250766991    $24.99Paper ed.  9781250767004    $17.99e-book ed.  9781250328021    $11.99“Remember, don’t eat, just taste.” Be gwai (乖 good or obedient). California teen Valerie Chu learns these lessons from her controlling Taiwanese American mother, who...

Review of An Echo in the City

An Echo in the City by K. X. SongHigh School    Little, Brown    352 pp.6/23    9780316396820    $18.99e-book ed.  9780316397025    $10.99In this page-turning drama, two teens from different backgrounds forge a brief romantic connection amid the tumultuous 2019 Hong Kong anti-government protests. Phoenix Lam, sixteen, comes from a wealthy shipping family. Zhang...

Review of Tiger Daughter

Tiger Daughter by Rebecca LimMiddle School, High School    Delacorte    192 pp.8/23    9780593648971    $17.99Library ed.  9780593648988    $20.99e-book ed.  9780593648995    $10.99Two “migrant kids”—first-generation immigrants to Australia from China—aspire to escape their dysfunctional lives and constricted futures by being accepted to a prestigious, government-funded high school. Wen Li Zhou, thirteen, and her best...

Review of When Clouds Touch Us

When Clouds Touch Us by Thanhhà LạiIntermediate, Middle School    Harper/HarperCollins    256 pp.5/23    9780063047006    $18.99e-book ed.  9780063047020    $11.99In this moving, empathetic follow-up to Lại’s National Book Award–winning and Newbery-honored verse novel Inside Out & Back Again (rev. 3/11), we follow another year of changes for Hà, now twelve, and her family,...

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