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 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, and Chinese school with the awful Talent Chang.
The Great Wall of Lucy Wu is one of my book hauls on Scholastic’s book buffet. Most of the books they’ve got are middle-grade but I quite enjoyed the one’s I managed to read so far. It tells the story of the sixth grader Chinese-American Lucy Wu, who can’t wait to have her own bedroom and looking forward to her best year to date. Her sister, whom she always shared the room, is going away for college. Only, her parents got another plan. They invited the long–lost sister of her grandmother to stay with them for a few months and that means she’ll have to share her room with Yi Po. And with that, Lucy’s best year slowly slipped out of her grasp. Add to that, she was forced to take Chinese school on the same day as basketball practice. So much for her best year.
Oh, what a charming and funny middle-grade book. There is so much to like in this book. Lucy is a great main character who is dealing with a lot of changes in her young life and is not so happy about it. It is realistic and young readers can easily relate to what Lucy is going through. It deals with a lot of stuff in a not complicated way that would be easier for young ones to understand, such as racism, bullying, cultural upbringing, age differences, loss of loved ones, acceptance, and getting along with other people. It’s nice to see how Lucy’s character developed as she learned lessons along the way from a self-absorbed kid into a nice, compassionate girl. It will also give readers some insight into the Chinese cultures which is quite fascinating. Overall, this is a really good middle-grade book that the target readers will surely enjoy. My 9-year old cousin sure did!
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