Only One Year by Andrea Cheng

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Nine-year-old Sharon has conflicted feelings towards her copycat little sister and rambunctious toddler brother, who is sent to China for a year to live with relatives.

About Andrea Cheng

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ANDREA CHENG has written several picture books as well as middle grade and young adult novels. She hopes Only One Year will help readers understand the role different cultural customs play in the ways loving families raise their children. Cheng lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. NICOLE WONG's illustrations have appeared in magazines and in children's educational and trade books. Wong was drawn to the story in Only One Year because it presented a Chinese American experience that was different from her own. She lives in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Published March 1, 2010 by Lee & Low Books. 104 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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“Not what is best for us.” Sharon’s narration follows the sisters throughout the year as they attend school, make friends and play, all the while missing Di Di.

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Cheng, known for exploring issues of diversity (Shanghai Messenger, illustrated by Ed Young, 2005, etc.), tackles a custom that many will find disorienting.

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But for Nai Nai, he is a grandson.” Moving moments underscore the void his absence leaves: shopping for shoes, Sharon's younger sister, Mary, suggests they buy a pair for Di Di, and Mama replies, “We don't know his size.” Di Di's return brings different distress: he has no interest in playing wit...

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