Ok Lee knows it’s his responsibility to help pay the bills. With his father gone and his mother working three jobs and still barely making ends meet, there’s really no other choice. If only he could win the cash prize at the school talent contest! But he can’t sing or dance, and has no magic up his sleeves, so he tries the next best thing: a hair braiding business.
It’s too bad the girls at school can’t pay him much, and he’s being befriended against his will by Mickey McDonald, the unusual girl with a larger-than-life personality. Who needs friends? They’d only distract from his mission, and Ok believes life is better on his own. Then there’s Asa Banks, the most popular boy in their grade, who’s got it out for Ok.
But when the pushy deacon at their Korean church starts wooing Ok’s mom, it’s the last straw. Ok has to come up with an exit strategy—fast.
JLG Release: Feb 2019
Awards & Honors
Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honoree - 2020
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, School Library Journal
8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Level 4.4; Points: 8;
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Language: Mild Language, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism
Mothers and sons, Korean Americans, Loss (psychology), Moneymaking projects, Single-parent families, Illiteracy, Roller skating, Hair braiding, Schools, Talent shows, Friendship, Runaways,