Love, Love
Love, Love

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Annotation: Frances Chin, a 10-year old Chinese-American girl, lives with her immigrant parents and older sister, Clara. At school Frances copes with bullies and the loneliness of not quite fitting in. And at home, her parents are preoccupied with work and worry about Clara, whose hair is inexplicably falling out. But, with the help of her friend Annie, Frances is determined to solve the mystery of Clara's condition. Frances's powerful inner voice resonates in gorgeous imagery and evocative free verse.
Catalog Number: #219726
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Sterling
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 224
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-454-93832-3 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-8427-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-454-93832-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-8427-6
Dewey: Fic
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Growing up as an immigrant can be difficult, even if you are fortunate enough to live in a well-to-do area. Eleven-year-old Frances is bullied at school, feels pressure from her parents to excel, and worries about her older sister, Clara, whose hair is falling out. She finds solace in playing tennis with her one Asian friend, and the two decide to play Nancy Drew to uncover Clara's problem. Told in verse, this fictionalized memoir speaks to the stresses experienced by many immigrant children, who often receive mixed messages urging them to take advantage of everything America has to offer but cautioning them to remain true to their first culture. Chang also shines a spotlight on the destructiveness of undiagnosed mental illness (Clara, who secretly pulls her own hair out, suffers from trichotillomania, a form of OCD). While it's unfortunate that the bullies are labeled Jewish, and it's disappointing that the ending offers little hope that tensions for these sisters will ease, Frances' experiences will resonate with many readers.
Kirkus Reviews
Rooted in personal experience, this novel in verse captures the trials of being a young Chinese immigrant in suburban Detroit.Frances Chin, the 11-year-old daughter of Chinese immigrants, struggles to adapt to life in America with her parents and older sister, Clara, who is experiencing inexplicable hair loss. Clara’s only wig is stolen by school bullies. Endless doctors’ appointments fail to unearth answers. Frances is bullied at school and feels overlooked at home. Like Nancy Drew, Frances becomes obsessed with determining the cause of Clara’s hair loss. In five chapters of short, free-verse poems, Chang shows young Frances blossoming with the help of a friend named Annie, who is also Chinese American, and a tennis coach. Readers first see the pain and loneliness of being different before Annie’s friendship distracts Frances from her daily troubles. Frances channels her frustration onto the tennis court under the tutelage of an interested coach, which gives her the strength and courage to find the root of her sister’s illness. The starting point of a tennis match is stated as “love, love”—a place of equality. Amid the challenges of first-generation life, Frances grasps onto the hope that there is a level playing field in this country. This lyrical story shows that, for some, the pressure of success is hard to bear. In her author’s note, Chang describes her sister’s experiences with mental illness and provides links to resources.An expressive book of poetry that provides a glimpse at life in an immigrant family. (Verse fiction. 8-12)
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Rooted in personal experience, this novel in verse captures the trials of being a young Chinese immigrant in suburban Detroit.Frances Chin, the 11-year-old daughter of Chinese immigrants, struggles to adapt to life in America with her parents and older sister, Clara, who is experiencing inexplicable hair loss. Clara’s only wig is stolen by school bullies. Endless doctors’ appointments fail to unearth answers. Frances is bullied at school and feels overlooked at home. Like Nancy Drew, Frances becomes obsessed with determining the cause of Clara’s hair loss. In five chapters of short, free-verse poems, Chang shows young Frances blossoming with the help of a friend named Annie, who is also Chinese American, and a tennis coach. Readers first see the pain and loneliness of being different before Annie’s friendship distracts Frances from her daily troubles. Frances channels her frustration onto the tennis court under the tutelage of an interested coach, which gives her the strength and courage to find the root of her sister’s illness. The starting point of a tennis match is stated as “love, love”—a place of equality. Amid the challenges of first-generation life, Frances grasps onto the hope that there is a level playing field in this country. This lyrical story shows that, for some, the pressure of success is hard to bear. In her author’s note, Chang describes her sister’s experiences with mental illness and provides links to resources.An expressive book of poetry that provides a glimpse at life in an immigrant family. (Verse fiction. 8-12)
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Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews (4/1/20)
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Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 4-7
Lexile: NP

"Love and more love to Victoria Chang for her lyrical and gentle prose poems that, in excavating a deep secret, usher readers beyond shame and into the warmth of understanding." Thanhhà Lai, New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Inside Out & Back Again, and most recently Butterfly Yellow Book jacket.


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