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Detroit Lakes Public Library J LAI (Text) 33500013070248 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library J LAI (Text) 33500013070255 New On holds shelf -

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  • ISBN: 9781250314093
  • ISBN: 1250314097
  • ISBN: 9781250314109
  • ISBN: 1250314100
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2019.

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Knowing very little English, eleven-year-old Jingwen feels like an alien when his family immigrates to Australia, but copes with loneliness and the loss of his father by baking elaborate cakes.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 April #2
    A boy struggles to come to terms with his father's death and his new life after immigrating to Australia in this character-driven novel. Back home, Jingwen's family ran a cake shop. In Australia, Jingwen struggles to understand his classmates and teachers. Worse, his annoying little brother, Yanghao, seems to be learning English and making friends with no trouble at all. Jingwen's refuge becomes secretly baking, with help from Yanghao, all the cakes his father planned to sell in his new bakery. Jingwen thinks if he can bake all of them, maybe he will be forgiven for not always appreciating his father. Maybe everything will be OK again. Jingwen's slow journey through grief and displacement is heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful. Lai's cartoon illustrations depict Jingwen's sense of alienation (at times, Jingwen is drawn as an alien, a ghost, and a robot) with care and sensitivity. Comics interludes, complete with speech balloons, enliven the story. Even though Jingwen deals with heavy burdens, his story also contains plenty of humor. An emotional tale about loss and letting go, pleasantly buoyed by comedy and cake baking. Grades 3-6. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Remy Lai studied fine arts, with a major in painting and drawing. She was born in Indonesia, grew up in Singapore, and currently lives in Brisbane, Australia, where she writes and draws stories for kids with her two dogs by her side. Pie in the Sky is her debut middle-grade novel. Follow Remy on Twitter

Subject: Immigrants > Fiction.
Language and languages > Fiction.
Schools > Fiction.
Belonging (Social psychology) > Fiction.
Cakes > Fiction.
Baking > Fiction.
Single-parent families > Fiction.
Australia > Fiction.

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