Publication Date: March 12, 2024
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Ages 9 to 12, Grades 4 to 7
A middle-grade graphic novel about a Chinese American girl navigating identity, bullying, and the messy process of learning to be comfortable in your skin.
Mei’s summer is shaping up to be a boring one, between homework, studying, and Chinese school. The only bright spots are the three-times-a week practices with her soccer team, Divas, and her Nai Nai’s upcoming visit from Taiwan. Although Mei's Mandarin isn't the best and Nai Nai doesn't speak English, they find other ways to connect, like cooking guo tie together and doing tai chi in the mornings.
By the end of summer, Mei is sad to see Nai Nai go—she’s the complete opposite of Mei’s serious professor mother—but excited to start fifth grade. Until new kid Sid starts making her the butt of racist jokes. Her best friend, Kirra, says to ignore him, but does everyone else’s silence about the harassment mean they’re also ignoring Sid . . . or her? As Sid’s bullying fuels her feelings of invisibility, Mei must learn to reclaim her identity and her voice.
Perfect for fans of American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, The Legend of Auntie Po by Shing Yin Khor, Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte, and The New Kid by Jerry Craft.
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