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by
Wendy Wan-Long Shang ,Madelyn Rosenberg

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Scholastic
Imprint
Scholastic
ISBN
9781338037722

Awards and Honors
2018 Sydney Taylor Book Award Honor, Younger Readers
CCBC Choices 2018 Choice: Fiction for Children
ILA Children's Choices - 2018
2017 Children’s History Book Prize finalist
Tablet Magazine Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2017, Middle Grade
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This hilariously witty and heartwarming coming­-of-­age novel tells the story of a boy caught in the middle of cultures, of friends, and of growing up Chinese-Jewish-­American. Authors' note.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

256

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.7: points 7

Lexile

690L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

14

JLG Release

Jan 2018

Book Genres


Topics

Ethnicity. Ethnicity in children. US Jews. Chinese Americans. Families. Family life. Grandmothers. Friendship. Humorous stories. Twentieth-century US social life and customs. Bar mitzvahs.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
It’s 1983, and David’s got worries: his impending bar mitzvah, his constantly competing Chinese and Jewish grandmothers, the cute girl who makes him nervous, and his popular new friend, who dislikes David’s longtime best friend—plus, it’s the height of the Cold War, and nuclear annihilation could hit at any second. David’s lightly anxious tone; the progressively funny handful of short, dialogue-based scenes per chapter; the realistically kooky family members; and the 1980s middle-class suburban setting are so strongly reminiscent of Judy Blume’s “Fudge” books that a well-versed reader might accidentally refer to the protagonist as “Peter.” The authors cram in a lot of 1980s references (David Hasselhoff, Betamax). It’s refreshing to meet a male protagonist who, like Tara in Paula Freedman’s My Basmati Bat Mitzvah, is struggling with how to be authentically Jewish in a bicultural family. VERDICT Giggle-inducing, light, and charmingly realistic fiction that will resonate with a wide variety of readers.—Rhona Campbell, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
It’s 1983, and David’s got worries: his impending bar mitzvah, his constantly competing Chinese and Jewish grandmothers, the cute girl who makes him nervous, and his popular new friend, who dislikes David’s longtime best friend—plus, it’s the height of the Cold War, and nuclear annihilation could hit at any second. David’s lightly anxious tone; the progressively funny handful of short, dialogue-based scenes per chapter; the realistically kooky family members; and the 1980s middle-class suburban setting are so strongly reminiscent of Judy Blume’s “Fudge” books that a well-versed reader might accidentally refer to the protagonist as “Peter.” The authors cram in a lot of 1980s references (David Hasselhoff, Betamax). It’s refreshing to meet a male protagonist who, like Tara in Paula Freedman’s My Basmati Bat Mitzvah, is struggling with how to be authentically Jewish in a bicultural family. VERDICT Giggle-inducing, light, and charmingly realistic fiction that will resonate with a wide variety of readers.—Rhona Campbell, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC

Grades 5-8
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