The Great Wall of Lucy Wu

by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Sixth grader Lucy Wu is angry to discover that the long-awaited room she thought... read more

Sixth grader Lucy Wu is angry to discover that the long-awaited room she thought she’d finally have to herself once her sister leaves for college is not to be: Great Aunt Yi Po, whom she has never met, is coming from China. Things get worse when her parents decide she has to attend Chinese School on Saturdays. Meanwhile, she’s battling with a stuck-up girl named Sloane for captain of the sixth-grade basketball team at middle school. Debut author Wendy Wan-Long Shang balances both family and school stories with unsuspected depth and cultural substance in this middle-grade novel featuring a brisk plot and plenty of humor. Convinced both Yi Po’s presence and Chinese school are going to ruin her life, Lucy is in for some surprises, not the least of which is discovering that her great aunt understands and supports her passion for basketball—something her own parents do not. (Ages 9–13)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2012

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