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 Maizy Chen's last chance
 Author: Yee, Lisa

 Publisher:  Random House (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 276 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 972731 ISBN: 9781984830258
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Grandparents -- Fiction
 Restaurants -- Fiction
 Chinese Americans -- Fiction
 Immigrants -- Fiction
 Racism -- Fiction
 Genealogy -- Fiction

Price: $21.38

Eleven-year-old Maizy Chen visits her estranged grandparents, who own and run a Chinese restaurant in Last Chance, Minnesota; as her visit lengthens, she makes unexpected discoveries about her family's history and herself.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.60
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 515527

   Kirkus Reviews (12/01/21)
   Booklist (+) (02/15/22)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/01/22)

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Booklist - 02/15/2022 *Starred Review* It’s summer when 11-year-old Maizy first visits her grandparents’ home in Last Chance, Minnesota, and their family business, the Golden Palace restaurant, founded by Lucky, her grandfather’s grandfather, in 1886. For several months, Maizy helps out at the restaurant and, in her grandparents’ home, looks after Opa, her grandfather, whose health is failing. She’s fascinated by his stories about Lucky, whose experiences as a cook’s assistant in San Francisco, a worker on the transcontinental railroad, and a businessman in Last Chance resembled those of many Asian immigrants. A racist attack on her grandparents’ restaurant stuns Maizy and drives her to investigate the mystery. She also reaches out to the descendants of the “paper sons” Lucky helped years ago. The novel features many convincing characters with complex relationships, from Opa’s long-standing feud with his childhood best friend to insights about Maizy’s mother, revealed only when she returns to her roots. In the first-person narrative, Maizy struggles to understand her mother and her grandparents, observing their interactions and learning about their experiences. While the mystery element adds a dimension to the plot, the real story here lies in Maizy awakening to her ancestral heritage and choosing to make it part of her life. A moving, multilayered family narrative. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

Booklist - 02/15/2022 - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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