The Cook's Family by Laurence Yep
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What do you do when your world is falling apart? Robin Lee would do anything to ease the tension between her parents. But their marriage is not hers to fix. What she can do is help a lonely cook in Chinatown by pretending, along with her grandmother, to be his long-lost family. The thing is, once Robin starts pretending, she doesn't want to stop. At Cook's restaurant, Robin's a star and a whole new world opens up to her. In her make-believe father she finally discovers a sense of her Chinese heritage--and a new understanding of her old-fashioned grandmother who turns out to be more progressive than she'd ever imagined. Laurence Yep's delightful sequel to Ribbons is full of surprises that will touch readers' hearts. Praise for Laurence Yep's Ribbons: An appealing story that draws readers into the world of ballet, while offering an authentic and sometimes amusing look at the dynamics of Chinese-American family life.--School - leader of the Diversity Alliance - knows where it is hidden. Now Jacen, Jaina, and their allies must race against time. As a massive battle rages between New Republic soldiers and the forces of the Diversity Alliance, the young Jedi Knights must find and destroy the plague before it can be released. But first they must face Nolaa Tarkona. And her very lethal hired hand, Boba Fett...
 

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Laurence Yep, born in 1948 in San Francisco, is a well-known writer of fiction for young adults. He has also written and edited several works for adults. Yep was educated at Marquette University and holds a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Yep is Chinese American. He grew up in a black neighborhood in San Francisco, attended school in Chinatown, and later attended a predominately white high school. Much of the subject matter for his work comes out of his experiences trying to establish his own identity as a child and teenager. He writes about the experience of the "outsider" or "alien" and perhaps that is why his first writing was science fiction. Sweetwater, his first novel, was published in 1973 and is a work of science fiction. His second work Dragonwings published in 1975 is widely acclaimed. This is a work of historical fiction that deals with the Chinese American experience of the 1930's when many immigrants came to this country. Yep has gone on to write many other stories about Chinese Americans. He has also written mysteries, two of which have as the main character Mark Twain as a reporter in San Francisco. Yep has written fantasy works such as Shadow Lord and Kind Hearts and Gentle Monsters. Yep has won numerous awards for his work included a Book-of-the-Month-Club Writing Fellowship in 1970, the prestigious Newbery Medal Honor Book, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award several times.
 
Published February 23, 1998 by Putnam Juvenile. 184 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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In his characters' banter and behavior, Yep makes clear the difference between ethnic stereotypes and what is simply common--and when Wolf's real daughter, an illegal immigrant living in San Diego, puts in a surprise appearance, her loud, nasty rudeness casts an ironic light on Robin's efforts to...

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