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Not your all-American girl / Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang.

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  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Fosston Public Library J ROS (Text) 33500013266978 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library J ROS (Text) 33500013266986 New Checked out 11/04/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781338037760
  • ISBN: 1338037765
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2020.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
Sixth-graders Lauren and Tara have always done everything together so it is only natural that they both try out for their middle school musical play, about an "all-American" girl in 1958; Tara gets the lead role, as usual, because in the teacher's mind Lauren, half-Jewish and half-Chinese, does not fit the image of all-American girl--Lauren is hurt but resolved to support her friend, but her two grandmothers are furious and they intend to do something about it.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 9-11. Scholastic Press.
Grades 4-6. Scholastic Press.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 May #2
    The friendship of sixth-graders Lauren and Tara (The Royal We) hits a snag when Tara is cast as the lead in the school play, leaving Lauren relegated to the ensemble because the director tells Lauren (half-Chinese, half-Jewish) that she doesn't look All American. Tara relishes the spotlight and seems oblivious to her white privilege, while Lauren chafes at the many microaggressions aimed at her, at one point literally silencing her voice in the chorus. Set in 1984–85, this companion to This Is Just a Test (2017) is told from Lauren's perspective, with older brother David and their two grandmothers taking prominent roles in the narrative. While focusing on serious themes (racism and prejudice), the overall tone remains light, and several scenes (including Lauren's disastrous attempt to lighten her black hair, resulting in orange stripes) will elicit laughter. By the end Tara realizes her mistakes, Lauren learns to stand up for herself, and the friendship survives, stronger than before. References to Walkmans and vintage TV shows remind readers that this is a period piece. Grades 4-6. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Wendy Wan-Long Shang is the author of The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, which was awarded the Asian/Pacific American Award for Children's Literature; The Way Home Looks Now, an Amelia Bloomer Project List selection and a CCBC Choices List selection; and This Is Just a Test, which she cowrote with Madelyn Rosenberg and which is a Sydney Taylor Honor Book. She lives with her family in the suburbs of Washington, DC.

Madelyn Rosenberg is the coauthor of This Is Just a Test, a Sydney Taylor Honor Book, which she wrote with Wendy Wan-Long Shang; Dream Boy, cowritten with Mary Crockett; and many books for younger readers, including the How to Behave books and Nanny X books. She writes books, articles, and essays for children and adults, and lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC. You can visit her online at

Subject: Children's plays > Juvenile fiction.
Musicals > Juvenile fiction.
Stereotypes (Social psychology) > Juvenile fiction.
Best friends > Juvenile fiction.
Friendship > Juvenile fiction.
Grandmothers > Juvenile fiction.
Theater > Fiction.
Musicals > Fiction.
Stereotypes (Social psychology) > Fiction.
Best friends > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Grandmothers > Fiction.
Racially mixed people > Fiction.
Jews > United States > Fiction.
Chinese Americans > Fiction.
Best friends.
Children's plays.
Stereotypes (Social psychology)
Genre: Fiction.
Juvenile works.

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