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Measuring Up

By: Lily LaMotte

Illustrator: Ann Xu

Twelve-year-old Cici has just moved to Seattle from Taiwan, and the only thing she wants more than to fit in is to celebrate to A-má's 70th birthday together. Since she can’t go to A-má, Cici cooks up a plan to bring A-má to her and surprise her parents—by winning the grand prize in a kids’ cooking contest to pay for A-má's ticket!

There's just one problem: Cici only knows how to cook Taiwanese food. And after her pickled cucumbers are mistaken for worms at lunch, she's determined to cook something American. Channeling her inner Julia Child, she cooks her way closer to the prize money—that is until she starts to lose herself in the competition. But Cici can't let A-má down, even if it means combining her newfound American identity with the flavors of home.

Cici navigates the blending of her Taiwanese culture and her new American identity with heart and bravery. Measuring Up combines the popularity of MasterChef Junior with the immigration and identity struggles of American Born Chinese and the girl power of Roller Girl.

Full-color digital illustrations created with Adobe Photoshop.

ISBN: 9780062973870

JLG Release: Dec 2020


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism
Topics: Taiwan , Seattle, Washington , Moving households , Immigration , Grandmothers and granddaughters , Cooking competitions , Research , Practice , Asian Americans , Taiwanese cooking , Friendship

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In this encouraging—and nourishing—graphic novel, twelve-year-old Cici’s family moves to Seattle from Taiwan, taking her away from her beloved A-má, who has always nurtured Cici’s interest in cooking. After starting at a new school and feeling lonely—despite some well-meaning but culturally clueless new friends—Cici enters a cooking co In this encouraging—and nourishing—graphic novel, twelve-year-old Cici’s family moves to Seattle from Taiwan, taking her away from her beloved A-má, who has always nurtured Cici’s interest in cooking. After starting at a new school and feeling lonely—despite some well-meaning but culturally clueless new friends—Cici enters a cooking competition for the prize money: she wants to buy A-má a plane ticket to Seattle for her seventieth birthday. Her competition partner dismisses Cici’s Taiwanese culinary expertise in favor of her own knowledge of Italian cuisine, but she comes to appreciate Cici’s kitchen prowess as they bond outside of the competition. The narration occasionally sounds stilted (“That drummer sure can jam”) but becomes more natural as our protagonist grows more self-assured. Chapter-heading decorations slowly bloom into fully formed cherry blossoms, gently symbolizing Cici’s development and newfound confidence and also hinting at an imminent reunion with her A-má. Xu’s simple line art and minimal backgrounds can make panels feel too spare, but expert coloring by Sunmi enlivens the spreads. The warmest images appear when Cici creates her dishes for the competition and deeply connects with friends and family. NIKI MARION

Book Details

ISBN

9780062973870

First Release

December 2020

Genre

Fiction

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

208

Accelerated Reader

Level 3; Points: 1;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

HarperAlley

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism

Topics

Taiwan, Seattle, Washington, Moving households, Immigration, Grandmothers and granddaughters, Cooking competitions, Research, Practice, Asian Americans, Taiwanese cooking, Friendship,

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