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CRITICS HAVE SAID

  • “Debut author Yang weaves in autobiographical content while creating a feisty and empowered heroine. The supporting characters are rich in voice and context, with multiple villains and friends that achingly reveal life in America in the 1990s for persons of color and those living in poverty. Heavy themes, including extortion, fraud, and racism, are balanced with the naive dreams and determination of a 10-year-old… Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages.” -Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • “It’s the details that sing in this novel, particularly the small moments that feel like everything when you’re a kid… This book will help foster empathy for the immigrant experience for young readers, while for immigrant children, it is a much-needed and validating mirror… Deserving of shelf space in every classroom and library.” – Booklist, starred review

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