The Trouble Begins by Linda Himelblau

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Du Nguyen is finally home. Except he’s never even met his family. And home is an ocean away from everything he’s ever known. Du’s mother, father, brother, and two sisters immigrated to California when he was just a baby. Du and his grandmother had to stay behind in the Philippines.
But now, 10 years later, Du has finally joined his family. And the trouble begins.
What’s so great about this place, anyway? Du wonders. Kids at school call him Doo-doo, and it’s hard to muster a good comeback when he can’t think of the right words in English.
Only his grandmother understands who Du really is. “You are a dragon,” she says. But for Du to feel like a dragon, he must untangle the trouble he finds himself in and call upon the strength he knows he’s always carried inside.

About Linda Himelblau

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Linda Himelblau lives in San Diego with her husband, Irv, and their cat, Daisy. This is her first book for young readers.
Published November 8, 2005 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 208 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Left behind when his family emigrated from Vietnam, fifth-grader Du Nguyen rejoins his parents and three older siblings after ten years and finds the U.S. a strange and difficult world.

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But now they are better, and his parents have finally saved up enough money to send plane tickets for Du and his grandmother to join the family in America.

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