Shanghai messenger (#0853AW8)

by Cheng, Andrea; illustrated by Young, Ed

11 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

FollettBound Glued Lee & Low Books Inc., 2005
Price: USD 17.08
Description: 40 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Dewey: -Fic-; Int Lvl: 3-6; Rd Lvl: 3.7
AR 3.7 MG 1 101041EN; RC 5.2 4; LEX NP


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A free-verse novel about eleven-year-old Xiao Mei's visit with her extended family in China, where the Chinese-American girl finds many differences but also the similarities that bind a family together.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books Inc.
  • Publication Date: August 15, 2015
  • Format: FollettBound Glued
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Dewey: -Fic-
  • Classifications: Fiction
  • Description: 40 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Tracings: Young, Ed, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-48987-824-6 (originally 1-62014-230-9)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-48987-824-3 (originally 978-1-62014-230-1)
  • Follett Number: 0853AW8
  • Interest Level: 3-6
  • Reading Level: 3.7
  • ATOS Book Level: 3.7
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 1
  • AR Quiz: 101041EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 5.2
  • Reading Counts Points: 4
  • Lexile: NP

Reviews & Awards
  • Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honor, 2006
  • Book Links, 01/01/07
  • Booklist, 08/01/05
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 01/01/06
  • Horn Book Magazine, 04/01/06
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 08/01/05
  • Library Media Connection, 03/01/06
  • Multicultural Review, 03/01/06
  • Publishers Weekly starred, 09/19/05
  • School Library Journal, 09/01/05
  • Wilson's Children, 10/01/10

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (August 2005 (Vol. 101, No. 22))
Gr. 4-6. In many of today's immigration stories, the break with the Old Country is not as final as it used to be, and young people travel back and forth across borders and generations to visit extended family and explore their roots. In this picture book for older children, 11-year-old Xiao Mei, the child of an American father and a Chinese mother, is persuaded by Grandma Nai Nai in America to take up the invitation from Uncle Hai Tao to spend the summer in Shanghai. Cheng's free-verse story, illustrated with Young's small, expressive line-and-watercolor pictures, shows the child's initial doubts, the plane journey and the arrival, and the welcoming young cousins and adults. Whether she is making wontons, doing tai chi in the park, helping her cousin buy a computer, or singing the songs from The Lion King in English and Chinese, she discovers her connections with a rich, exciting world. A glossary and a pronunciation guide will help readers pronounce the Mandarin names and words.

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