Yang the Second and Her Secret Admirers

Yang the Second and Her Secret Admirers

by Lensey Namioka, Kees De Kiefte
     
 

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The delightful companion to the popular Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear and Yang the Third and Her Impossible Family.

Yinglan Yang couldn't care less that her brother and sister have adopted all sorts of American customs. She misses China and doesn't want to fit in here. Her siblings decide that Yinglan needs help making friends in AmericaSee more details below

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The delightful companion to the popular Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear and Yang the Third and Her Impossible Family.

Yinglan Yang couldn't care less that her brother and sister have adopted all sorts of American customs. She misses China and doesn't want to fit in here. Her siblings decide that Yinglan needs help making friends in America. That's when they join forces and play matchmaker between Yinglan and Paul Eng, a Chinese American baseball player. They're certain Yinglan will never find out. Or will she?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ru Story-Huffman
Yinglan Yang is a Chinese girl who has moved to Seattle, Washington with her family. Unlike her younger sister and brother, Yinglan Yang does not want to become "Americanized." She continues to wear her Chinese clothes, read Chinese books, and tries to remember the land she left behind. When her siblings devise a plan to help their sister learn the ways of America, the fun begins. This book is a sequel to Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear and Yang the Third and Her Impossible Family. Upper elementary children will enjoy this book, which would also do well in a multicultural social studies unit, or just as a book for pleasure reading
School Library Journal
Second Sister Yinglan has clung to her Chinese heritage after the musically talented Yang family's move from China to Seattle. Yang the Youngest, Yingtao, relates what happens when he and Third Sister decide that their sibling needs help making friends in America. He gets an inspiration after watching a movie version of 'Much Ado About Nothing', in which Beatrice and Benedick fall in love after each overhears gossip that one likes the other. Yingtao, Third Sister, and her friend Kim decide to play matchmaker between Yinglan and Paul Eng, a baseball player of Chinese ancestry. Yingtao has ulterior motives--he hopes Paul will give him pointers on improving his own game. The plot thickens when Kim's older brother Jason overhears part of the plans and thinks Yinglan is enamored of him. The climax occurs at a picnic where all three families come together. Namioka offers comparisons between life here and in China and insights into the meaning of heritage and ethnicity. However, the humor that shone forth in earlier titles about the Yang family seems contrived and flat here, and the plot becomes increasingly silly. The story takes time to get into and ultimately disappoints.- Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440416418
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
06/01/1900
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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