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Namioka, Lensey.
Orlando : Harcourt, 2007
ISBN 0152056696
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April has high goals for herself. She wants to go to college and be a normal American teenager. However, things do not go according to plan when her grandmother comes to live with April, her father and brother.  Her grandmother has strict ideas about what a young Chinese woman should be doing. April's plans to move away from home and go to college are not looked upon highly.  As her brother immerses himself into his own studies, April finds herself taking care of her grandmother more and more with little time to devote to her own studies.  The struggle comes as April tries to be true to both sides of herself; this side that wants to fit into American culture, and the side that wants to be true to her family's culture.  Discover how April finds who she is in both cultures as her story unfolds.

This contemporary story examines the difficulties that students and people have coming to a new country, even generations afterward. The balance between fitting in and remembering one's own culture is very delicate, especially when one is a 16 year old girl.  A wonderful insight into a different perspective than what is commonly seen in the media.  (Nicole Marriott,, teacher)

SUBJECTS:     Chinese Americans -- Fiction.
                        Grandmothers -- Fiction.

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