Maizy Chen's last chance

by Yee, Lisa,

Format: Print Book 2022
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Summary
LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD * Twelve year-old Maizy discovers her family's Chinese restaurant is full of secrets in this irresistible novel that celebrates food, fortune, and family.

Welcome to the Golden Palace!

Maizy has never been to Last Chance, Minnesota . . . until now. Her mom's plan is just to stay for a couple weeks, until her grandfather gets better. But plans change, and as Maizy spends more time in Last Chance and at the Golden Palace--the restaurant that's been in her family for generations--she makes some discoveries.For instance:

You can tell a LOT about someone by the way they order food. People can surprise you. Sometimes in good ways, sometimes in disappointing ways. And the Golden Palace has secrets...
But the more Maizy discovers, the more questions she has. Like, why are her mom and her grandmother always fighting? Who are the people in the photographs on the office wall? And when she discovers that a beloved family treasure has gone missing--and someone has left a racist note--Maizy decides it's time to find the answers.

"This book is a gift." --Tae Keller, Newbery Medal-winning author of When You Trap a Tiger
Published Reviews
Booklist 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."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this fast-paced narrative, Chinese American only child Maizy Chen travels with her food stylist single mother from Los Angeles to her mom's hometown of Last Chance, Minn., to care for Maizy's ailing grandfather. As the 11-year-old gets to know her estranged grandparents--mischievous poker player Opa and stern but loving Oma, proud restaurant owners-- she must navigate unfamiliar stressors both familial and social, including the tension between her mother and Oma, and microaggressions as the only child of color in town. Over the course of an unpredictable summer, Maizy learns how to play poker, how her ancestors helped to support paper sons, and how to insert custom messages into the restaurant's fortune cookies, all while solving a mystery or two. Interspersed segments reveal Maizy's great-great-grandfather's journey to Last Chance, efficiently conveying historical struggles faced by Chinese emigrants to America. If the book feels overstuffed at times, Yee's (The Kidney Hypothetical) full house of endearing characters and assured voice prevail in a humorous, sincere story emphasizing the taut thread between past and present, and the imperative to aid others. Back matter includes an author's note with historical context, a recipe for Oma's Cream Cheese Wontons, and resources. Ages 8--12. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Feb.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Grandparents -- Juvenile fiction.
Restaurants -- Juvenile fiction.
Chinese Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Immigrants -- Juvenile fiction.
Children of immigrants -- Juvenile fiction.
Racism -- Juvenile fiction.
Genealogy -- Juvenile fiction.
Grandparents -- Fiction.
Restaurants -- Fiction.
Chinese Americans -- Fiction.
Immigrants -- Fiction.
Racism -- Fiction.
Genealogy -- Fiction.
Minnesota -- Juvenile fiction.
Minnesota -- Fiction.
Social problem fiction.
Publisher New York :Random House,2022
Edition First edition.
Audience Ages 8-12.
Language English
Description 276 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 273).
ISBN 9781984830258
1984830252
9781984830265
1984830260
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