Search Results: "Lisa Yee"


BOOK REVIEW

THE KIDNEY HYPOTHETICAL by Lisa Yee
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 31, 2015

"Smart, funny-but-ruthless teens and self-absorbed, grieving adults prove to be enormously appealing. (Fiction. 13-18)"
A perfect, glowing ending to a stellar high school career veers off course when debate-team captain Higgs Boson flunks girlfriend Roo's easy question: If she needed a kidney, would he give her one? Read full book review >

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SO TOTALLY EMILY EBERS by Lisa Yee
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Although there is new information about Emily and the story is both touching and amusing, the reader feels its essential sameness and hopes that Yee, a prodigious talent, will move on. (Fiction. 8-12)"
It's déjà vu all over again for Yee in her new companion to Millicent Min, Girl Genius (2003) and Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time (2005). Read full book review >

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ABSOLUTELY MAYBE by Lisa Yee
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Tragic, comic and heartwarming by turns, the narrative provides a brightly drawn assemblage of teens and adults readers will root for, right up to an ending that manages to be both Chekhovian in its lack of resolution and satisfyingly schmaltzy—in the best possible way. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
In an unusual inciting incident for what is essentially a feel-good comedy, Yee's cleverly conceived and executed new tale begins to rock when Maybe's stepfather-to-be tries to rape her. Read full book review >

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STANFORD WONG FLUNKS BIG-TIME by Lisa Yee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Parts of the story seem drawn out and not all of the complications are credible, but overall readers should find this story amusing, enjoyable and finally touching. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Yee's companion to Millicent Min, Girl Genius (2003) tells the story of the same pivotal summer that Millicent tutors Stanford Wong—but this time through Stanford's eyes. Read full book review >

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MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS by Lisa Yee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

From Yee's first sentence—"I have been accused of being anal retentive, an overachiever, and a compulsive perfectionist, like those are bad things"—this perfectly captures the humor, unique voice, and dilemma of Millicent Min, its wunderkind heroine. Read full book review >

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WARP SPEED by Lisa Yee
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Yee's combination of humor and sympathy works a charm here, giving Marley a life of his own and a chance at success in this solid addition to her prismatic look at middle school. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Seventh-grader Marley Sandelsky—former friend of Stanford Wong (Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time, 2005, etc.)—is a devoted Star Trek fan; he knows the series so well that he thinks metaphorically about his life in terms of characters and plots from Star Trek. Read full book review >

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BOBBY THE BRAVE (SOMETIMES) by Lisa Yee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Bobby is a charmer who will win readers' hearts as they recognize that he is a good friend, a loving big brother and a talented skateboarder—and that his father is, indeed, very proud of him. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Fourth grader Bobby Ellis Chen is back and just as insecure as ever (Bobby vs. Read full book review >

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BOBBY VS. GIRLS (ACCIDENTALLY) by Lisa Yee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Readers will recognize themselves and learn some gentle lessons about relationships while they are laughing at the antics. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Fourth grade was supposed to be the best year ever, but when do events ever go according to plan? Read full book review >

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THE BONE COLLECTOR’S SON by Paul Yee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"However, Yee's intent to convey the overriding anti-Asian sentiment of the times comes at the expense of textured storytelling. (afterword, panoramic view) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
It's 1907 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and 14-year-old Bing-wing Chan resents and is frightened by having to help his father in his work—digging up bones of the dead to be shipped "home to China for reburial near their ancestors." Read full book review >

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THE SECRET KEEPERS by Paul Yee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2012

"A patchwork. (Historical fantasy. 10-12)"
A lad with "yin-yang" eyes lays two troubled ghosts to rest in this San Francisco Chinatown tale. Read full book review >

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MONEY BOY by Paul Yee
CLASSICS
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Overall, this insightful and deeply felt novel makes a valuable contribution to an underexplored topic and is highly recommended. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
After four years in Canada, Ray Liu is stressed out. On top of his parents' divorce in China, his father's remarriage, learning English and struggling in high school, Ray faces another challenge: he's gay. Read full book review >