Search Results: "Eileen Cheng-yin Chow"


BOOK REVIEW

BROTHERS by Yu Hua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2009

"A deeply flawed great novel, akin to the best work of Zola, Louis-Ferdinand Céline and, arguably, Rabelais."
The lives of two stepbrothers, temperamental opposites nevertheless sworn to love and protect each other, are traced, in exuberant and exhausting detail, in this massive novel, originally published in Taiwan in two volumes in 2005 and 2006. Read full book review >

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BITTER MELON by Cara Chow
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Dec. 28, 2010

"While the first-person narration remains narrowly self-focused, with other, rather stereotypical characters only broadly sketched, it does illuminate the demanding expectations of 'stage parents' and the frustrations of their driven offspring. (Fiction. 11 & up)"
Frances, Fei Ting to her China-born mother, starts her last year of high school with the pressure on—get perfect grades in hard classes, improve her SATs by at least 200 points and get accepted to Berkeley, where she must study medicine to become wealthy enough to support her bitter, abusive mother. Read full book review >

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A Silent Strong Man by Judy Cheng
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2014

"Patient readers will warm to this memoir's message to love one's distant dad before it's too late."
Cheng's debut memoir offers a tribute to her father and life lessons about loving a stoic person. Read full book review >

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DEAR SANTA, PLEASE COME TO THE 19TH FLOOR by Yin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Though the overall story is a touch sentimental, its realistic urban setting, not seen enough in picture books, will help it find its audience. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Yin and Soentpiet collaborate for the second time (Coolies, 2001) with this long first-person story narrated by a Hispanic boy named Willy. Read full book review >

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BROTHERS by Yin
by Yin, illustrated by Chris Soentpiet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

It's the year after the big fire in Chinatown when Ming crosses the ocean to join his brothers in San Francisco. Read full book review >

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COOLIES by Yin
Kirkus Star
by Yin, illustrated by Chris K. Soentiept
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Masterful. (Picture book. 6-10)"
As a boy and his grandmother celebrate the Ching Ming Festival, a holiday honoring one's ancestors, the grandmother tells the story of her great-grandfather, Shek, who came from China to California in 1865 to work on the transcontinental railroad. Read full book review >

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WHERE DO YOU STAY? by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"While the rather abrupt ending leaves unanswered questions, especially about Damon and Mr. Willie, Jerome himself makes a fully realized, deeply sympathetic protagonist. (Fiction. 8-12)"
From the author of Where the Steps Were (2008) comes this story of loss and healing through friendship, family and music. Read full book review >

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ONE CHILD by Christopher Cheng
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"His depiction of the brilliance achieved aids the simple, restrained text enormously, as he adds the layers needed for making the text specific. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Disheartened by environmental destruction, a girl determines to do all she can to reverse the process in Cheng's optimistic invitation to personal action. Read full book review >

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SEE YOU IN THE COSMOS by Jack Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Riveting, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious. (Fiction. 10-14)"
If you made a recording to be heard by the aliens who found the iPod, what would you record? Read full book review >

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WHERE THE STEPS WERE by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Quietly lovely. (Poetry. 9-12)"
A delicate verse cycle gives readers a series of snapshots of the lives of five children in an inner-city school. Read full book review >

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THE LACE DOWRY by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2005

"The final resolution supplies both enlightenment and a small measure of reassurance in a deftly sketched historical setting. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
In 1933 Budapest, Juli is a tall, awkward 12-year-old who loves reading. Read full book review >

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MARIKA by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2002

"Reading more like a series of vignettes than a novel, with a few distancing gaps in time and one distracting inconsistency (between the year and her age), Marika is a poignant emotional portrait. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A child's-eye view written in beautifully spare prose gives a special quality to this historical piece. Read full book review >