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The Great Wall of Lucy Wu

by Wendy Wan-Long Shang


Scholastic Paperbacks
January 2013


Fiction
Ages 10 – 11 . Grades 5 – 6

Lexile measure: 700L

DRA: 40

Guided Reading: S

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Lucy Wu, aspiring basketball star and interior designer, is on the verge of having the best year of her life. She's ready to rule the school as a sixth grader, go out for captain of the school basketball team, and take over the bedroom she has always shared with her sister. In an instant, though, her plans are shattered when she finds out that Yi Po, her beloved grandmother's sister, is coming to visit for several months -- and is staying in Lucy's room.

Lucy's vision of a perfect year begins to crumble, and in its place come an unwelcome roommate, foiled birthday plans, a bully who tries to scare Lucy off the basketball team, and Chinese school with the annoying know-it-all Talent Chang. Lucy's year is ruined -- or is it?

A wonderfully funny, warm, and heartfelt tale about the ways life often reveals silver linings in the most unexpected of clouds.
Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Wendy Wan-Long Shang is the author of The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, which was awarded the Asian/Pacific American Award for Children's Literature; The Way Home Looks Now, an Amelia Bloomer Project List selection and a CCBC Choices List selection; and This Is Just a Test, which she cowrote with Madelyn Rosenberg and which is a Sydney Taylor Honor Book. She lives with her family in the suburbs of Washington, DC.

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    Winner of the 2011-2012 Asian/Pacific American Library Association Award for Children's Literature

    "A delightful story about assimilation and family dynamics . . . sure to appeal to young readers struggling with issues of self-identity, whatever their heritage." --LOS ANGELES TIMES

    "[T]hought-provoking, funny, and incredibly heartwarming." --BOOKLIST

    "In this humorous and heartfelt novel, debut author Wendy Wan-Long Shang has crafted a poignant and engaging story about learning who you are, and what matters, in the most unexpected ways." -- ASIAN AMERICAN PRESS

    "[A] realistic and amusing portrait of family dynamics, heritage, and the challenge of feeling like an outsider." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

    "[G]enuinely touching." --KIRKUS REVIEWS

    "A unique look at the power of family." --DISCOVERY GIRLS MAGAZINE

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