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by
Michaela MacColl

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Boyds Mills & Kane Press
Imprint
Calkins Creek
ISBN
9781629797823
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Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Language: Mild Language , Language: Infrequent Use , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion , Violence: Child Abuse
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Set in the late 1800s, here is the story of Ning, a Chinese American girl who struggles to find her place in the world is forced to leave her home in Shanghai to go to America with a father she barely knows. This middle-grade historical novel is based on the family history of award-winning author Michaela MacColl.

Twelve-year-old Ning doesn’t know where she belongs. The daughter of a Chinese woman and American man, Ning doesn’t fit in in 1870s Shanghai, where her American features and unbound feet make her stand out. When she receives news that her father will be visiting from America, Ning excitedly hopes that her parents will become a family. Instead, she learns that her father is taking her back with him to America. Ning wonders if being American will finally give her a sense of belonging, but when she arrives, she discovers that living in America isn’t perfect either. In this coming-of-age novel based on the life of author Michaela MacColl’s great-great-grandmother, a young girl learns to accept both sides of her heritage and find a new identity for herself.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Language: Mild Language , Language: Infrequent Use , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion , Violence: Child Abuse

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Format

Print

Page Count

360

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

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Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2021

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5-8–The year is 1877 in Shanghai, China; 12-year-old Ning lives with her Mama, Sun, and their servant, Number One Boy. Due to Ning’s “unusual” appearance, biracial ethnicity, tall height, and unbound feet, her frustrated mother finds difficulty obtaining a suitor for her daughter. Ning believes her physical attributes are what make it arduous for people, particularly her mother, to like her. Seeing no hope for her daughter’s future in China, Sun sends for Ning’s long-lost father to come and take her back to his homeland, which he begrudgingly does. And just like that, Ning is transferred overseas, never to see her mother and Number One Boy again. Trying to maintain optimism on her way to New York, Ning is shocked to realize that the townsfolk have absurd assumptions of her and of China. Readers will take an unnerving journey with the young protagonist as she juggles her two identities, all in the hopes of one day having friends to play with and a family to love her just as she is. MacColl tells the heartbreaking story of a young girl immigrating to a new land and adjusting to different customs. Loosely based on the life of the author’s great-great-grandmother, MacColl’s novel will bring tears to readers’ eyes as they travel in Ning’s shoes, seeing the perspective of someone who faces biases and racism on a daily basis. VERDICT A movingly empathetic tale for readers about prejudice, and the pressure to fit in with scrutinizing societies.–Beronica Puhr, Oak Park P.L., IL

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5-8–The year is 1877 in Shanghai, China; 12-year-old Ning lives with her Mama, Sun, and their servant, Number One Boy. Due to Ning’s “unusual” appearance, biracial ethnicity, tall height, and unbound feet, her frustrated mother finds difficulty obtaining a suitor for her daughter. Ning believes her physical attributes are what make it arduous for people, particularly her mother, to like her. Seeing no hope for her daughter’s future in China, Sun sends for Ning’s long-lost father to come and take her back to his homeland, which he begrudgingly does. And just like that, Ning is transferred overseas, never to see her mother and Number One Boy again. Trying to maintain optimism on her way to New York, Ning is shocked to realize that the townsfolk have absurd assumptions of her and of China. Readers will take an unnerving journey with the young protagonist as she juggles her two identities, all in the hopes of one day having friends to play with and a family to love her just as she is. MacColl tells the heartbreaking story of a young girl immigrating to a new land and adjusting to different customs. Loosely based on the life of the author’s great-great-grandmother, MacColl’s novel will bring tears to readers’ eyes as they travel in Ning’s shoes, seeing the perspective of someone who faces biases and racism on a daily basis. VERDICT A movingly empathetic tale for readers about prejudice, and the pressure to fit in with scrutinizing societies.–Beronica Puhr, Oak Park P.L., IL

Grades 5-8
Realistic Fiction Middle Plus
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Stories with strong, relatable characters that portray believable contemporary or historical real-life experiences.

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