This Is Just a Test by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

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There’s a lot to enjoy, but it’s David’s relationships with his two grandmothers that steal the show, especially when the rivals eventually unite to teach him he’s not “half of each” but “all of both.” A nostalgic and heartwarming period coming-of-age comedy.
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David Da-Wei Horowitz has a lot on his plate. Preparing for his upcoming bar mitzvah would be enough work even if it didn't involve trying to please his Jewish and Chinese grandmothers, who argue about everything. But David just wants everyone to be happy.

That includes his friend Scott, who is determined to win their upcoming trivia tournament but doesn't like their teammate -- and David's best friend -- Hector. Scott and David begin digging a fallout shelter just in case this Cold War stuff with the Soviets turns south... but David's not so convinced he wants to spend forever in an underground bunker with Scott. Maybe it would be better if Hector and Kelli Ann came with them. But that would mean David has to figure out how to stand up for Hector and talk to Kelli Ann. Some days, surviving nuclear war feels like the least of David's problems.
 

About Wendy Wan-Long Shang

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Wendy Wan-Long Shang is the author of THE GREAT WALL OF LUCY WU, which was awarded the Asian/Pacific American Library Association Award for Children's Literature. She lives with her family in the suburbs of Washington, DC.
 
Published June 27, 2017 by Scholastic Press. 261 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Mar 29 2017

There’s a lot to enjoy, but it’s David’s relationships with his two grandmothers that steal the show, especially when the rivals eventually unite to teach him he’s not “half of each” but “all of both.” A nostalgic and heartwarming period coming-of-age comedy.

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Above average
Reviewed by Sara Mosle on Aug 25 2017

For a book about the possible end of the world, Rosenberg and Shang keep the tone surprisingly light (though parents should know curious kids can easily find “The Day After,” which remains disturbing viewing, on YouTube).

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