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April and the Dragon Lady

April and the Dragon Lady

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by Lensey Namioka
     
 

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April Chen is happily planning to go away to college, and she has a great new boyfriend, Steve. But April, the only girl in the family, must take care of Grandma, and Grandma--the Dragon Lady--hates Steve and has other plans for April. Caught between two cultures, the teenager finally realizes she must find a way to define herself on her own terms. “Sparked

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April Chen is happily planning to go away to college, and she has a great new boyfriend, Steve. But April, the only girl in the family, must take care of Grandma, and Grandma--the Dragon Lady--hates Steve and has other plans for April. Caught between two cultures, the teenager finally realizes she must find a way to define herself on her own terms. “Sparked by Namioka’s own experiences as an Asian American, April’s first-person narrative rings true with uncertainty, joy, and hope.”--School Library Journal

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The ALAN Review - Tracy Jeane Babiasz
April Chen's grandmother insists on following Chinese traditions while April wants to carve a place for herself as an American. Her boyfriend Steve does not understand why she misses activities to look after her grandmother while her brother takes no responsibility. April gradually becomes dissatisfied with allowing her manipulative grandmother to run her life, but not until Grandma's meddling threatens her future plans does she stand up for her beliefs. Namioka's description of Chinese traditions in an American home will surprise readers and inspire cheers as April realizes she does not have to sacrifice her interests for the males of her family. Ironically, she discovers that she resembles her grandmother in continuing to fight for what she wants. Namioka addresses with honesty and compassion the issue of placing forgetful grandparents in nursing homes. Although the discovery that April's father is considering remarriage is a little rushed, the ending in which her grandmother demonstrates potential for change is satisfying.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152008864
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/01/1994
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
4.17(w) x 6.89(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author


LENSEY NAMIOKA is the author of several books for children and young adults, including Ties That Bind, Ties That Break; Mismatch; and Half and Half. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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