The Jade Dragon by Carolyn Marsden

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A Chinese-American girl longs for friendship with a classmate adopted from China in this subtle, insightful middle-grade novel.

Ginny is sure the new girl in her second-grade class will be her best friend. After all, Stephanie is Chinese, just like Ginny. But Ginny soon discovers some puzzling things about Stephanie: she doesn't like Chinese food, she hates her straight black hair, and even more surprisingly, her parents are not Chinese. At Ginny's house, MaMá cooks delicious Chinese dishes as the family prepares for their big holiday party and Stephanie spies Ginny's most prized possession — a hand-carved jade dragon — and asks to take it home. Much as Ginny yearns for a best friend, is it worth the risk of losing her special keepsake and angering MaMá? Drawing on Virginia Loh's real life story, the authors poignantly capture Ginny's dilemma as she navigates with difficulty between her culture and her friendship.
 

About Carolyn Marsden

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Carolyn Marsden is the author of THE GOLD-THREADED DRESS and its sequel, THE QUAIL CLUB, as well as SILK UMBRELLAS and MOON RUNNER. She lives in La Jolla, California. Virginia Shin-Mui Loh is a former elementary-school teacher who is currently a doctoral candidate in education. THE JADE DRAGON is her debut novel. Like Ginny, the story's heroine, she was born and raised in Virginia. She lives in San Diego, California.
 
Published October 10, 2006 by Candlewick. 176 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ginny Liao is overjoyed to see a new Chinese girl in her class, and she hopes they can be friends.

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And Ginny finds out that the first invitation to Stephanie's house actually comes from Stephanie's mother, who thinks that her daughter should grow more familiar with her birth culture.

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