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NWAW’S must-reads: stories about heritage and culture

Here are my latest book recommendations for the Northwest Asian Weekly:

NWAW’S must-reads: stories about heritage and culture:

“The Great Wall of Lucy Wu”
By Wendy Wan-Long Shang
Scholastic Press, 2011

Lucy Wu is about to begin the sixth-grade and is ready for the perfect year.

Her sister Regina is going away to college, leaving Lucy with a room to herself. After practicing all summer, she’s ready to show her coach her skills on the basketball court.

However, her plans quickly come undone. Her parents announce that her late grandmother’s sister, Yi Po, will be visiting for a few months and will be in Lucy’s room during her stay. On top of that, she has to go to Chinese school thanks to know-it-all Talent Chang. And as if things couldn’t get any worse, her rival for team captain in the student-teacher basketball tournament is none other than Sloane Connors, the “my way or the highway” bully at her school.

As her life begins to unravel, she finds one person to blame, Yi Po. While many people would view this as being rude and spoiled, I found myself sympathizing with Lucy. One of the main reasons why she is lashing out at Yi Po is because she misses her grandmother, Po Po, who died just a few months earlier.

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