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Review of The Flamingo

The Flamingo by Guojing; illus. by the author Primary    Random House Studio/Random    144 pp.         g 9/22    978-0-593-12731-5    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-12732-2    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-12733-9    $10.99 In this moving, mostly wordless graphic novel, a young girl of Chinese descent visits her grandmother on her own; the...

Review of The Secret Battle of Evan Pao

The Secret Battle of Evan Pao by Wendy Wan-Long Shang Intermediate, Middle School     Scholastic    272 pp.         g6/22     978-1-338-67885-7     $17.99 Shang (co-author of Not Your All-American Girl , rev. 3/21) takes the little-known fact that several Asian American men fought in the Civil War and works...

Review of This Place Is Still Beautiful

This Place Is Still Beautiful by XiXi Tian High School     Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    368 pp.         g6/22     978-0-06-308602-9     $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-308604-3    $12.99 In this moving debut novel (set before the COVID-19 pandemic), a racist act of vandalism almost splits two biracial (Chinese American and Irish American)...

Review of The Silence That Binds Us

The Silence That Binds Us by Joanna HoHigh School    HarperTeen    448 pp.   g6/22    978-0-06-305934-4    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-305936-8    $12.99This sensitive novel does an impressive balancing act, examining mental illness and its stigma among Asian Americans while weaving in themes of racism and grief. San Francisco area teen Maybelline Chen’s world...

Review of Tin Man

Tin Man by Justin Madson; illus. by the authorMiddle School    Amulet/Abrams    224 pp.   g4/22    978-1-4197-5104-2    $24.99Paper ed.  978-1-4197-5105-9    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-6470-0135-3    $15.54This Wonderful Wizard of Oz–inspired graphic novel creatively explores growing up, loneliness, and loss. Fenn, a boy obsessed with space, finds and brings home the titular Tin Man,...

Review of New from Here

New from Here by Kelly YangIntermediate    Simon    368 pp.    g3/22    978-1-5344-8830-4    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-8832-8    $10.99Yang’s (Front Desk, rev. 7/18; Three Keys, rev. 11/20) pandemic-set tale, based partly on her own experiences, focuses on a biracial Chinese American expat family in January 2020. Impulsive middle-child Knox Wei-Evans, ten, is filled with...

Review of From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial That Galvanized the Asian American Movement

From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial That Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo High School    Norton    384 pp.    g 4/21    978-1-324-00287-1    $19.95 e-book ed.  978-1-324-00288-8    $17.48 Who was Vincent Chin? The brutal 1982 killing of the young Chinese American...

Review of Displacement

Displacement by Kiku Hughes; illus. by the author Middle School, High School    First Second/Roaring Brook    288 pp.    g 8/20    978-1-250-19354-4    $24.99 Paper ed.  978-1-250-19353-7    $17.99 This graphic novel blends historical fact and science fiction into an enthralling time-travel tale. An imagined version of debut author Hughes’s teenage self is suddenly...

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