F Is for Fabuloso by Marie G. Lee

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The sky had not yet begun to lighten, and Jin-Ha could see hard fingers of frost pressing on her window, outlined by the light from the streetlamp. She wanted to stay in her warm bed and never come out. Being cold -- and knowing you were going to be even colder before you got any warmer -- was the worst feeling.

Then she remembered her dream.
Then she remembered her math test.
Now she wanted to jump out of bed and
onto the first bus out of town.

How else to cop with this terrible thing she had done? She failed a math test and a quiz and she had lied to her parents. Lying to her parents had been ten times worse than telling them the truth: telling the truth would have gotten the unpleasant newsover with right away. By lying she was only postponing the agony. Everything only seemed all right; underneath, it was all wrong. All WRONG.


About Marie G. Lee

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Marie G. Lee is a second-generation Korean American who was born and raised in Hibbing, Minnesota. Her books include If It Hadn't Been for Yoon Jun, Necessary Roughness, and Night of the Chupacabras. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Kenyon Review, and several anthologies. She has appeared on PBS's "Asian American" and is a founder of the Asian American Writer's Workshop.
Published September 30, 1999 by HarperCollins. 192 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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Two years after moving to Minnesota, Jin-Ha’s mother is still trapped in the family apartment, so afraid to attempt English that she’s unable to shop without a translator, and so isolated that she doesn’t know what the F at the top of Jin-Ha’s math test means.

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Unable to disappoint her mother, she is virtually propelled into a lie, explaining that in America F stands for ""fabuloso."" Overcome with guilt and shame, determined to raise her math grade, Jin-Ha unexpectedly finds a friend in Grant, a boisterous hockey player who goes from calling her a ""fr...

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