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New country. New life. Whole new world . . .
When the coronavirus hits Hong Kong, ten-year-old Knox’s mom makes the last-minute decision to move him and his siblings to California, where they think they will be safe from the virus.
But life in America isn’t easy. At Knox’s new school, the other kids think that because he is from Asia, he must have brought over the virus. At home, Mom’s freaking out because she just got fired, and Dad doesn’t know when he’ll see them all again, since all flights out of Hong Kong have been cancelled.
As racism skyrockets during COVID, can Knox stand up to hate while finding his place in his new country?
Based on her own lived experience, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Kelly Yang spins a heart-warming tale of courage, hope and resilience in the face of unprecedented times.
‘This is a warm, sensitive, deep-dive of a family story, full of kid logic, bitter sibling rivalry, and the imperative to stand up to racism. Is essential reading to process what we’ve all been through.’ – Guardian
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Drawing deeply from her own family's experiences, Yang (the Front Desk series) pens a tender, resonant narrative following the Wei-Evans, an American family living in Hong Kong when news of Covid-19 arises in January 2020. Middle child Knox, 10, who has a "blurting-things-out problem," doesn't want to leave his best friend his white father in Hong Kong as his work-focused Chinese mother, overachieving 12-year-old brother Bowen, and cheery six-year-old sister Lea plan to head to an inherited home in El Tercera, Calif. But soon, the oft-squabbling siblings must adjust to a single-parent household, East Bay schools, financial tension, an ADHD diagnosis for Knox, and mounting anti-Asian racism, including hateful confrontations as well as avoidance of Chinese people and food. Banding together, the siblings launch Operation Dad Come Over: raising money to afford their father's plane ticket, and applying to jobs on his behalf. Narrating from Knox's approachable, first-person-present perspective, Yang adeptly maintains a sense of hope and belief in love, balancing haunting dramatic irony ("That won't happen in America.... They have the most advanced medical system in the world") with moments of levity as the family works to be reunited. Back matter features an author's note. Ages 8 12. Agent: Tina Dubois, ICM Partners.