Featured books by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Not Your All-American Girl

Not Your All-American Girl

By: Wendy Wan-Long Shang, Madelyn Rosenberg
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

A multicultural story about what it means to be all-American. Lauren and her best friend, Tara, have always done absolutely everything together. So when they try out for the school play, Lauren, who loves to sing, wonders if maybe, just maybe, she will be the star instead of Tara this time. But when the show is cast, Lauren lands in the ensemble, while Tara scores the lead role. Their teacher explains: Lauren just doesn't look the part of the all-American girl. What audience would believe that she, half-Jewish, half-Chinese Lauren, was the everygirl star from Pleasant Valley, USA?

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu

By: Wendy Wan-Long Shang
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

In this humorous and heartfelt story about a split cultural identity, nothing goes according to plan for sixth-grader Lucy Wu. She's ready to rule the school, go out for captain of the basketball team, and take over the bedroom she has always shared with her sister … until she finds out that Yi Po, her beloved grandmother's sister, is coming to visit and will be staying in Lucy's room. Lucy discovers that life often reveals silver linings in the most unexpected of clouds.

The Way Home Looks Now

The Way Home Looks Now

By: Wendy Wan-Long Shang
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Twelve-year-old Peter Lee and his family are baseball lovers, who bond over back lot games and talk of the Pittsburgh Pirates. But when tragedy strikes, the family flies apart and baseball no longer seems to matter. Is that true? Peter wonders if just maybe the game they love can pull them together and bring them back, safe at home.

This Is Just a Test

This Is Just a Test

By: Wendy Wan-Long Shang, Madelyn Rosenberg
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

One of David’s parents is Jewish, the other Chinese. With one grandmother living with David and his family and the other next door, which culture will win? As David prepares for his bar mitzvah, he worries about the possibility of war both inside his family as well as the U.S. of the 1980s. Fast-paced and believable, the clash between cultures finally subsides.

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