The Great Wall of Lucy Wu

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu

by Wendy Wan-Long Shang, Wendy Wan-long Shang


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The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang, Wendy Wan-long Shang

Lucy Wu, aspiring basketball star and interior designer, is on the verge of having the best year of her life. She's ready to rule the school as a sixth grader, go out for captain of the school basketball team, and take over the bedroom she has always shared with her sister. In an instant, though, her plans are shattered when she finds out that Yi Po, her beloved grandmother's sister, is coming to visit for several months -- and is staying in Lucy's room.

Lucy's vision of a perfect year begins to crumble, and in its place come an unwelcome roommate, foiled birthday plans, a bully who tries to scare Lucy off the basketball team, and Chinese school with the annoying know-it-all Talent Chang. Lucy's year is ruined -- or is it?

A wonderfully funny, warm, and heartfelt tale about the ways life often reveals silver linings in the most unexpected of clouds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545162166
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2013
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 133,586
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Wendy Wan-Long Shang is the author of THE GREAT WALL OF LUCY WU, which was awarded the Asian/Pacific American Library Association Award for Children's Literature. She lives with her family in the suburbs of Washington, DC.

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Great Wall of Lucy Wu 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. Great plot and the author really knows how a sixth grader likes to think Lina Stein
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The great wall oof lucy wu is rhe best book i have ever read.When i first read it i couldnt stop at all i had to keep reading i hope my review would in courage u to read the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Very suspensive; kept me on the edge of my chair the whole time! ; )
KittyTheVicariousBookworm More than 1 year ago
This book was suggested to me as something one of my nieces might enjoy reading, especially since she is half Asian. I always read a book before gifting it because I don’t want to unwittingly give something inappropriate or less than enjoyable. The Great Wall of Lucy Wu did not disappoint! The world building was right on par with what I would expect from a Middle Grade novel, giving just enough to allow for a slightly immersive experience without rambling on and losing the reader’s attention. I was able to easily imagine Lucy’s school, home, and (most importantly) her Great Wall. The character development was absolutely beautiful. At the end of the book, I felt like I really knew the primary and and a few of the secondary characters. As an adult reading The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, there were several times in the story I couldn’t help thinking how irrational the choices made by Lucy and her friends were. However, when I stopped to take into consideration that they’re all 11 and 12 years old, the decisions (like going to great lengths to ensure no adults found out there were problems) made perfect sense. That’s definitely something older readers should acknowledge going in: this book was written with a target audience of 9 to 12 year olds in mind. Once that is acknowledged, you can enjoy Lucy’s story as thoroughly as I did. It’s a beautiful coming of age story that highlights bullying, love, family, and basketball. The book also goes into depth on a few Chinese idioms, even demonstrating a few in the story. The most prominent of these idioms in this story is the one about the old man who lost his horse. The Great Wall of Lucy Wu has helped me realize how cultural idioms can be applied to every day life, though sometimes you have to look at longer stretches of time to fully understand their presence. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in Middle Grade coming of age tales, especially if you have a Chinese background (or another dominant culture as I know there are others with similar stresses). I will most definitely be getting a copy for my niece. For this review and more, please visit my blog at
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the book tells you how lucys life is and how she had to go through different things that turned out good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a realy good book and im glad I read it. Rating and review By Carolina Noguera
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It wasn't predictable unlike many other books. This book was a great read and I highly reccomend it to anyone who is interested. I loved this book!!!!!!!
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Purchased for my daughter, but found myself reading the book to the end. Lucy Wu is a lovable kid who brought me back to my own 6th grade memories. You will find yourself smiling and laughing at times about the things this kid thinks and says. VERY ENJOYABLE!
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I totally love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Teaches about chinese culture in a really fun way.
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It won't let me read it. why???
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