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The Legend of Auntie Po by Shing Yin Khor


The Legend of Auntie Po by Shing Yin Khor


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Part historical fiction, part magical realism, and 100% adventure!

It's 1885, and 13-year-old Mei works in a Sierra Nevada logging camp. Mei tries to focus on her job, her close friendship with the camp foreman’s daughter, and her stories about Paul Bunyan–whom Mei reinvents as Po Pan Yin (Auntie Po), an elderly Chinese matriarch. These stories of Auntie Po help Mei navigate the difficulties and politics of lumber camp work and her growing romantic feelings for her friend Bee. The Legend of Auntie Po is a middle-grade graphic novel about who gets to own a myth, and about immigrant families and communities holding on to rituals and traditions while staking out their own place in America.

Selected praise:

“Hopeful, humane, empowering story.”—New York Times Book Review

“A sweet book that places a Chinese girl squarely at the center of the frame… the art is lovely, it’s enjoyable for young kids who can relate to Mei as a protagonist or enjoyable to adults who only remember what it was like to be thirteen.” —NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour

“A timely and ultimately hopeful tale.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

”A moving read that skillfully explores themes of racism, privilege, and identity."–School Library Journal, starred review

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