Search Results: "Luong Ung-Lai"


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Silver Moon, Tom Cupcake by Luong Ung-Lai
Released: Feb. 2, 2013

"A swirling blend of Chinese mythology and teenage angst, though the presentation struggles to keep up."
Ung-Lai's (The Freedom... Cage, 2012) latest novel sinks teen orphan Sam Sword into deeper water and stranger companionship than he could ever imagine. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2012

"Ung's writing is clear-headed, honest and compelling; much of what she describes, from the brutalities she and her family endured to the ways it steered her adult life, is deeply affecting."
The third memoir in a trilogy about processing and moving past the trauma of surviving the Cambodian genocide. Read full book review >

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PIGGY by Trevor Lai
by Trevor Lai, illustrated by Trevor Lai
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"Pass on this porky paean to friendship; stick with Piggie with a side of Elephant. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Into the crowded field of porcine protagonists comes Piggy, a friendless pig who loves to read. Read full book review >

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LISTEN, SLOWLY by Thanhha Lai
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A touching tale of preteen angst and translation troubles. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A trip to Vietnam did not figure in Laguna, California, girl Mai Le's summer plans!Read full book review >

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INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN by Thanhha Lai
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 22, 2011

"In her not-to-be-missed debut, Lai evokes a distinct time and place and presents a complex, realistic heroine whom readers will recognize, even if they haven't found themselves in a strange new country. (Historical fiction/verse. 9-12)"
An enlightening, poignant and unexpectedly funny novel in verse is rooted in the author's childhood experiences. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2005

"Still, overall, here's a moving story of transition, transformation, and reunion."
Activist Ung's memoir of life after Pol Pot, a worthy sequel to First They Killed My Daughter (2004). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Will affect even readers who cannot find Ung's homeland on a map. (8 pages b&w photos)"
A rare, chilling eyewitness account of the bloody aftermath of the Khmer Rouge's merciless victory over the Cambodian government in April 1975, as seen through the eyes of a precocious child. Read full book review >

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TOMO EXPLORES THE WORLD by Trevor Lai
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Well-intentioned but inconsistent, the story starts off strong but loses steam. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On an island "far to the north," protagonist Tomo does not like to eat fish, nor does he plan to become a fisherman like the other men and boys of the village. Read full book review >

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BLACK LOTUS by Sil Lai Abrams
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A searingly honest coming-of-age memoir."
A writer and motivational speaker's account of how she learned to embrace complex truths about her biracial ancestry that her dysfunctional family had kept hidden. Read full book review >

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KOREAN FOLK SONGS by Robert Sang-Ung Choi
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A good book for a diverse world, especially for Korean-Americans who want to learn about their heritage or English speakers hoping to learn basic Korean language skills. (CD track listings) (Bilingual folk songs. 2 & up)"
This book-and-CD combination showcases 14 traditional Korean folk songs that are "engraved in the hearts and minds of all Koreans." Read full book review >