Children & Teens Books of the Week

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Dumpling Dreams: How Joyce Chen Brought the Dumpling from Beijing to Cambridge Cover Image
By Carrie Clickard, Katy Wu (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481467070
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - September 5th, 2017

Joyce Chen embraced her love of cooking from a very young age while growing up in China. Dumplings, noodles, and zongzi (sticky rice cakes) dotted her culinary playground until she and her family fled Shanghai before the start of the Cultural Revolution. After settling in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Joyce opened her own restaurant and introduced the American palate to Chinese cuisine through her creation of the “Peking Ravioli”. Carrie Clickard’s Dumpling Dreams (Simon and Schuster, $17.99) tells of Joyce’s journey through rhyme, a fascinating time line, and a simple recipe for dumplings that both children and grown-ups can follow. Vibrant illustrations by Katy Wu pull the reader into the world of an amazing woman who, like her contemporary Julia Child, was a pioneer in the world of food personalities. Ages 4-8. Heidi Ashton Yoon.

Blast From the Past
Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312581497
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Published: Square Fish - September 29th, 2009

Nine-year-old Ling’s life changes swiftly and completely when one of Mao Zedong’s political officers moves into a room of her Wuhan apartment in the summer of 1972. Comrade Li doesn’t approve of anything about her family—their “bourgeois” possessions, the fact that her parents are doctors, the English lessons her father gives her, and the radio they tune to Voice of America. Her parents become quiet and nervous, her neighbors disappear, and her schoolmates bully her for being middle-class. Ling grows hungry and cold as food and coal are rationed for a few political officers. As she begins to fear for her family’s safety, Ling wonders what it will take to survive. Ying Chang Compestine, who grew up in Wuhan during the Cultural Revolution, uses vivid language to communicate the repressive atmosphere of Mao’s China. Revolution is Not a Dinner Party (Square Fish, $9.99) is an utterly engrossing work of historical fiction. Ages 10-14. Elli Bloomberg.

YA Pick
Red Butterfly Cover Image
By A. L. Sonnichsen, Amy June Bates (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481411103
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2016

Living a hermit-like existence in a sixth-floor apartment in busy Tianjin, China, with her elderly American Mama, hiding from neighbors, and ashamed of her bad Chinese and her "stubby hand," 11-year-old Kara only feels freedom when she’s flying through the streets of Tianjin on her bicycle like a Red Butterfly (Simon & Schuster, $7.99). When her American sister comes to visit and everything familiar begins to change, Kara finds herself desperate to restore the life she once resented. Thanks to A.L. Sonnichsen's sometimes stark, sometimes lyrical verse, Kara's story about family, identity, loss, and acceptance seems to flow directly from her heart.  Ages 9 to 12.  Emily Ellerbe.