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The Many Meanings of Meilan

The Many Meanings of Meilan

Hardcover

$17.99
The Many Meanings of Meilan

About the Book

A family feud before the start of seventh grade propels Meilan from Boston’s Chinatown to rural Ohio, where she must tap into her inner strength and sense of justice to make a new place for herself in this resonant debut.

Product Details

On sale: August 17, 2021
Age: 9-12 years
Grade: Grades 4-7
Page count: 368 Pages
ISBN: 9780593111284
Reading level: Lexile: 730L

Author Bio

Andrea Wang is the award-winning author of the picture books The Nian Monster (Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honor), Magic Ramen (Freeman Book Award Honor), and Watercress. The Many Meanings of Meilan is her debut middle-grade novel. The first character in Andrea’s Chinese name is an archaic one that means fragrant, but her parents’ friends all thought it was the character for jade, which sounds exactly the same. That sparked her lifelong interest in names and identity. She’d much rather be a rock than smelly. Andrea likes to write about family, food, and culture. She spent her childhood in Ohio and Boston and now lives in Colorado with her family.
 

Praise

Today Show Read with Jenna feature
New York Times Best Children’s Books of 2021
2021 New York Public Library Best Books
2021 School Library Journal Best Books
2021 Center for the Study of Multicultural Literature Best Books


★ "Wang’s resonant middle grade debut features stunning prose and a fierce protagonist . . . Meilan’s journey to reclaiming her identity and finding her inner strength is remarkably compelling and relatable."
—Booklist, starred review

★ "Wang’s middle grade debut is a ­vibrant exploration of family and identity . . . Meilan’s story should be on library shelves everywhere." 
School Library Journal, starred review

“The little girl I was would have been thrilled to encounter Meilan and her many names in a book . . . and having found a character who embraces the complexity of being both Chinese and American, I would have been able to echo her words: ‘I am not alone.’ ” 
New York Times Book Review by Jean Kwok

"Meilan discovers the specific origins of her name—and, satisfyingly, the strength to proudly stand her ground."
Horn Book Magazine

"Underscores the importance of personal stories."
Kirkus Reviews