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Dragonfly Eyes



written and illustrated by
Cao Wenxuan

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9781536200188
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Xenophobia, Language: Infrequent Use, Language: Mild Language, Violence: General, Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War
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From acclaimed Chinese author Cao Wenxuan, recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, comes a compelling family saga spanning fifty years and three generations.

Ah-Mei and her French grandmother, Nainai, share a rare bond. Maybe it’s because Ah-Mei is the only girl grandchild. Or maybe it’s because the pair look so much alike and neither resembles the rest of their Chinese family. Politics and war make 1960s Shanghai a hard place to grow up, especially when racism and bigotry are rife, and everyone seems suspicious of Nainai’s European heritage and interracial marriage. In this time of political upheaval, Ah-Mei and her family suffer much—and when the family silk business falters, they are left with almost nothing. Ah-Mei and her grandmother are resourceful, but will the tender connection they share bring them enough strength to carry through? This multigenerational saga by one of China’s most esteemed children’s authors takes the reader from 1920s France to a ravaged postwar Shanghai and through the convulsions of the Cultural Revolution.

Historical note.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Xenophobia, Language: Infrequent Use, Language: Mild Language, Violence: General, Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

384

Trim Size

8" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

5.8: points 15

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Oct 2022

Book Genres

Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Topics

Families. Grandmothers. Grandparent and child. Poverty. Shanghai, China. Families. History of the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966–1976). World War II (1939–1945). Twentieth-century France.

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