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Maya Lin: Thinking with Her Hands

By: Susan Goldman Rubin

This biography of Maya Lin recounts her struggle to stick with her vision of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, to the works she has since created.

ISBN: 9781452108377

JLG Release: Feb 2018


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Awards & Honors

Booklist Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction for Older and Middle Readers: 2018
Capitol Choices 2018, Ten to Fourteen
Booklist Top 10 Books for Youth, Arts
CSMCL Best Multicultural Children’s Books of 2017
Booklist Top of the List Editor’s Choice, Nonfiction Older Readers
New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 2017 Blue Ribbons, Nonfiction

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
For many, Maya Lin’s name is synonymous with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This biography moves beyond that singular project to provide readers with a fuller picture of Lin. Born in the United States to Chinese parents and a “Class A nerd,” she never felt that she fit in until college. Rubin incorporat
[STARRED REVIEW]
For many, Maya Lin’s name is synonymous with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This biography moves beyond that singular project to provide readers with a fuller picture of Lin. Born in the United States to Chinese parents and a “Class A nerd,” she never felt that she fit in until college. Rubin incorporates information about Lin’s life and family, while putting the primary focus of each chapter on a specific project. Lin’s thinking is outlined in each case, whether it is how to help people understand the civil rights movement (the Civil Rights Memorial, Montgomery, AL) or how to raise hopes and spirits with her design for a chapel for the Children’s Defense Fund in Clinton, TN. Pages of large text alternate with black-and-white family photos and striking color images of her designs, both as they were taking shape, and upon completed construction. The spare writing style and the book’s uncluttered layout provide a reading experience as thoughtful and emotionally connected as one of Lin’s installations. The narrative represents the artist’s body of work from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to her current involvement with What Is Missing?, a project bringing attention to endangered species. VERDICT Thoughtfully written and visually engaging, this biography is a must for elementary and middle school libraries.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX

Book Details

ISBN

9781452108377

First Release

February 2018

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

720.92 B

Trim Size

6 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

112

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.6; Points: 1;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 980L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Chronicle

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

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