The Gold-Threaded Dress by Carolyn Marsden

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"A fine novel for early independent readers that conveys lots of information - about Thailand and making friends." - NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

In Thailand she was named Oy, but here in America the teachers call her Olivia. Other things are not so easy to change, however. When Oy draws a portrait of herself with brown hair and eyes as round as coins, her classmate Frankie makes fun of her and calls her Chinese. And the popular girl Liliandra barely speaks to her, until she learns that Oy has something very special: a Thai dancing dress from her grandmother, shimmering with pink silk and golden threads, that makes her look like a princess. Will Oy risk shaming her family to win Liliandra's approval - and be part of the club she has envied from afar? With compassion and rare insight, Carolyn Marsden tells a simple tale about a young girl who searches for acceptance in a complex culture, while learning to treasure all that she is.

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Carolyn Marsden says that THE BUDDHA'S DIAMONDS was inspired by a talk given by Thay Phap Niem to the children of Deer Park Monastery. She lives in La Jolla, California. Thay Phap Niem's childhood experiences form the basis of THE BUDDHA'S DIAMONDS. A year after the storm depicted in the story, he escaped postwar Vietnam and became a Buddhist monk. All of his royalties will be donated to the Touching and Helping Programs in Vietnam.
Published February 18, 2002 by Candlewick. 80 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A fourth-grade Thai-American student, new to a predominantly Mexican-American school, struggles to fit in with a popular clique.

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When Liliandra knocks into Oy and a picture of the heroine in a ceremonial Thai dress flutters from her backpack, the trouble begins (" 'Oooooh, pretty,' said the girls following Liliandra.

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