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After years of being home schooled, Amy Hodges is excited to start fourth grade at a “real” school. On Amy's first day, she gets teased not only because she is new, but also because she looks different. Amy is part Asian, Caucasian, and African American. Eventually, Amy meets a group of nice kids and one of them even affectionately gives her the nickname “Amy Hodgepodge” since she's a mix of so many races. But when their teacher announces that the annual talent show is coming up, Amy wonders if her new friends ...
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After years of being home schooled, Amy Hodges is excited to start fourth grade at a “real” school. On Amy's first day, she gets teased not only because she is new, but also because she looks different. Amy is part Asian, Caucasian, and African American. Eventually, Amy meets a group of nice kids and one of them even affectionately gives her the nickname “Amy Hodgepodge” since she's a mix of so many races. But when their teacher announces that the annual talent show is coming up, Amy wonders if her new friends will want to include her, too.
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A bland tale with an overeager message kicks off this new series from a celebrity husband-and-wife duo. In the middle of her fourth-grade year, Amy Hodges eagerly transitions from homeschooling to regular school. Smarmy kids of various races mock her flowered dress, tape a "Stupid new girl" sign to her back and insult her for being interracial. A band of nicer classmates (also multiracial) takes her in. They nickname her "Amy Hodgepodge," which supposedly shows warm acceptance of her Japanese, Korean, black and white ancestry but actually focuses a glaring narrative spotlight on an identity that should be normalized. For a talent show, the kids breezily write song lyrics and choreograph a dance; Amy conquers stage fright to sing the lead role. Jeong's sketches feature large, manga-styled eyes. Amy's closing realization that her new friends are "all different colors [but] all one of a kind" typifies the syrupy quality of this well-meaning but cliched effort. (Fiction. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606145848
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Series: Amy Hodgepodge Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 107
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

The Wayans Family is known for outstanding comedy, and Kim Wayans boasts an impressive track record with her acting, writing, producing, and directing. Kim made her debut in the 1990s, starring in the groundbreaking sketch-comedy show In Living Color, with brothers Keenen, Damon, Shawn, and Marlon. Most recently, Kim and her husband, Kevin Knotts, both worked on the TV sitcom My Wife and Kids; Kim as a writer, producer, and director, and Kevin as an actor and writer.

Kevin Knotts is an actor and writer. In addition to guest starring on and writing for My Wife and Kids, Kevin has penned three screenplays, one with his wife and writing partner, Kim Wayans. They live in Los Angeles, California.

Soo Jeong lives in Los Angeles, California.

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