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This “timely and compelling” (Kirkus Reviews) middle grade novel about courage, hope, and resilience follows an Asian American boy fighting to keep his family together and stand up to racism during the initial outbreak of the coronavirus.
When the coronavirus hits Hong Kong, ten-year-old Knox Wei-Evans’s mom makes the last-minute decision to move him and his siblings back to California, where they think they will be safe. Suddenly, Knox has two days to prepare for an international move—and for leaving his dad, who has to stay for work.
At his new school in California, Knox struggles with being the new kid. His classmates think that because he’s from Asia, he must have brought over the virus. At home, Mom just got fired and is panicking over the loss of health insurance, and Dad doesn’t even know when he’ll see them again, since the flights have been cancelled. And everyone struggles with Knox’s blurting-things-out problem.
As racism skyrockets during COVID-19, Knox tries to stand up to hate, while finding his place in his new country. Can you belong if you’re feared? Can you protect if you’re new? And how do you keep a family together when you’re oceans apart? Sometimes when the world is spinning out of control, the best way to get through it is to embrace our own lovable uniqueness.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 4 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||March 01 2022|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #70,480 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#478 in Multicultural Stories for Children
#1,150 in Growing Up & Facts of Life for Children
#1,693 in Children's Books on New Experiences
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Another aspect that was different for me was being separated from immediate family due to circumstance. Being split up from the father of the family was obviously very hard not only for the children, but for the mom as she does not have her support system with her in the same country.
I did have a couple of issues with this book that stuck with me. One was the lack of attention paid to the children by the mother. Not that I’m saying she needs to be with them all the time, but the yard sale was a big issue with me. It felt very unbelievable to me and who puts that much trust in their young children? I was not happy with that and the frustration the mom had after that. The other thing was New York. There is NO WAY that would happen. Or maybe it does and I’m just that clueless, but I feel both of these incidences paint the mom in a bad light and I don’t think she is a bad mother, not at all. She moved her children back to the US so they would be safe! Neither of those story bits sat well with me.
Again, I think everyone should read this book. It may make you look at yourself and your reactions to things through the pandemic and see things differently. I myself have looked back and reflected on some comments I have made regarding people’s action and their choices.
Top reviews from other countries
Really loved reading it. Knox, the narrator is full of heart and determination.
Highly recommend it.