Here are my latest book recommendations for Northwest Asian Weekly:
The Favorite Daughter
By Allen Say
Author A. Levine Books, 2013
With a name like Yuriko and a home in San Francisco, it’s safe to say you’re not going to meet many people who share your name. And for Yuriko, that has always been just fine.
Until one day, a new art teacher at school calls her “Eureka” by accident.
Her classmates begin to do the same and tease her about a photo of herself she brings into class as part of an assignment. She’s dressed in a red kimono but the other students tell her Japanese dolls in kimonos are supposed to have black hair, not blond like hers — even though she does have Japanese ancestry.
As a result of the teasing, Yuriko tells her father she wants to be called Michelle instead — a more common name. She also decides she doesn’t like school or art anymore, despite having loved them when she was Yuriko.
“Michelle’s” father helps her find herself as the two of them spend the weekend together and brainstorm ideas for an art project she has been assigned about the Golden Gate Bridge.
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