April and the Dragon Lady by Lensey Namioka

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April Chen is happily planning to go away to college, and she has a great new boyfriend, Steve. But April, the only girl in the family, must take care of Grandma, and Grandma--the Dragon Lady--hates Steve and has other plans for April. Caught between two cultures, the teenager finally realizes she must find a way to define herself on her own terms. “Sparked by Namioka’s own experiences as an Asian American, April’s first-person narrative rings true with uncertainty, joy, and hope.”--School Library Journal
 

About Lensey Namioka

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LENSEY NAMIOKA is the author of several books for children aLENSEY NAMIOKA is the author of several books for children and young adults, including Ties That Bind, Ties That Break; nd young adults, including Ties That Bind, Ties That Break; Mismatch; and Half and Half. She lives in Seattle, WashingtoMismatch; and Half and Half. She lives in Seattle, Washington. n.
 
Published August 1, 2007 by San Val. 214 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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Grandma finally overreaches herself and gets a fair, but not unkind, comeuppance that frees both April and her dad: a cultural hybrid of a conclusion that's certainly satisfying and probably within the realm of possibility.

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Her characterizations are particularly strong: the Chen family members, and especially the feisty, likable April, are thoroughly believable, and her sensitive handling of April's dilemma and eventual solution sheds light on the Chinese American culture in a manner that at times recalls Amy Tan's ...

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Torn between upholding her grandmother’s traditional Chinese values and her own independence, April struggles to escape the guilt that comes from neglecting her duties as a granddaughter.

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