Books by Julia Kuo

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2019

"An in-depth examination for a motivated audience or dedicated browsers. (Collective biography. 10-14)"
Throughout the history of the Unites States, brave women have chosen to serve in the armed forces, at first in secret but more recently achieving very visible success and responsibility. Read full book review >
A PLACE TO BELONG by Cynthia Kadohata
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2019

"Full of desperate sadness and tremendous beauty. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A family battered by war crosses an ocean to settle in a land still mired in suffering. Read full book review >
THE SOUND OF SILENCE by Katrina Goldsaito
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An inviting tale that will stretch inquisitive and observant young minds—and may even lead children to a greater appreciation of that golden commodity, silence. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Like a Zen koan, this story draws readers' attention to silence, that vanishingly rare attribute of modern family life. Read full book review >
GO, LITTLE GREEN TRUCK! by Roni Schotter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"A familiar trope with a subtle, ecological twist. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little green truck is the farm's best work truck, until he is replaced by a bigger and better model. Read full book review >
DAISY AND JOSEPHINE by Melissa Gilbert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"A canine penchant for French couture adds unexpected verve to this otherwise fairly ordinary tale of a lonely girl. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Daisy's new puppy may refuse to play fetch, chase or catch, but she's a fashionista who soon wins Daisy's heart. Read full book review >
CLARA LEE AND THE APPLE PIE DREAM by Jenny Han
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

Dreaming of being the Apple Pie Princess in her town's Apple Blossom Festival, Korean-American third grader Clara Lee defies a classmate who claims to be more deserving and bravely makes a speech in front of the whole school to win the honor. This appealing family-and-school story focuses as much on Clara Lee's relationships with her little sister, Emmeline, and her "dream genius" grandfather as it does on her friends and the competition. Han, who has previously written about teens (The Summer I Turned Pretty, 2009) and preteens (Shug, 2006), captures an 8-year-old's perspective perfectly. The first-person narrative includes imaginative play, family squabbles, the school-bus experience and a touching speech about the special joys of small-town life. Her grandfather assures her: "One hundred percent American. One hundred percent Korean. Doesn't make you less than anybody else. It makes you more." The message shines through but doesn't overwhelm this engaging chapter book that will be welcomed by middle-grade fans of Clementine. Final art not seen. (Fiction. 7-10)Read full book review >