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 Secret battle of Evan Pao
 Author: Shang, Wendy Wan Long

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 259 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 805277 ISBN: 9781338678857
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Moving -- Fiction
 Secrets -- Fiction
 Interpersonal relations -- Fiction
 Bullies -- Fiction
 Chinese Americans -- Fiction
 Virginia -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Evan Pao and his family move to Haddington, Virginia in hopes of keeping his father's notoriety a secret, but a small southern town is not an easy place for a Chinese-American boy to fit in, and one kid, Brady Griggs, seems determined to make things difficult.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 517603

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (03/15/22)
   Booklist (+) (05/15/22)
 The Hornbook (00/09/22)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 05/15/2022 *Starred Review* Life is full of adjustments for Chinese American Evan Pao. Having recently moved from California to a small Virginia town without his father, sixth-grader Evan finds himself the only Asian American student at his new school. His teacher Mrs. Norwood continuously brings up Civil War history and often talks about the Confederacy. Because of his race, Evan faces bullying and microaggressions and is confronted with anti-Asian hate from a fellow student and exclusion from the school’s annual Civil War celebration event. With help from his family, Evan discovers and shares with his class surprising information about Chinese soldiers who fought on both sides during the Civil War. Through this illumination of an overlooked part of history, Shang explores how our lens of the past and present can change as we learn new information. She also empathetically showcases how we can handle conflict and prejudice, as well as encourage others to do better. Utilizing multiple perspectives, Shang’s storytelling sensitively moves readers to be mindful of making assumptions and to consider ways to achieve meaningful reconciliation. Full of thoughtful prose and dialogue, Shang’s timely story is full of realistic portrayals and powerful messages, which are reinforced by her insightful and personal author’s note. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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