Cover art by Scott Dorman, design by Stephanie Yang
Perfect for fans of Catherine Hapka -- a heartwarming story about a girl who must find her voice, with lots of manatee and dolphin fun along the way!
Becca Wong Walker may be so shy that most people at school think she doesn't speak at all, but why should she care? She has more important things to worry about. Missy, the manatee who visits the dock in Becca's backyard, and Becca's only friend, hasn't been seen for a long time. When Missy finally does return, she has a new baby with her! Becca wants to be excited, but more than ever inconsiderate boaters are speeding through the river, putting the lives of Missy and her baby in terrible danger.
One day, Becca spots a dolphin in the river too! By bonding over the dolphin and manatees, Becca finally starts to make friends at school. But when Becca takes a video that goes viral, it seems like it will be harder than ever to save the manatees... and trying might just tear Becca's new friendships apart.
Kirkus Reviews: "The struggle to face one's fears and stand up for one's values creates a compelling story."
A MORNING WITH GRANDPA illustrated by Christina Forshay (Lee & Low Books 2016)
Now available in paperback: In this sweet, slice-of-life story, a curious and active Asian American girl spends the day learning tai chi from her grandfather, and in turn tries to teach him how to do yoga.
Mei Mei's grandpa is practicing tai chi in the garden, and Mei Mei is eager to join in. As Gong Gong tries to teach her the slow, graceful movements, Mei Mei enthusiastically does them with her own flair. Then Mei Mei takes a turn, trying to teach Gong Gong the yoga positions she learned in school. Will Gong Gong be able to master the stretchy, bendy poses?
Kirkus Reviews: "Debut author Liu scores with a sweet story of intergenerational relationships."
A poem in THANKU: POEMS OF GRATITUDE edited by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Marlena Myles (Lerner/Millbrook Sept. 2019)
THANKU: POEMS OF GRATITUDE is an anthology of poems by a diverse group of poets focusing on the theme of gratitude. Each poem takes a different form, from a sonnet to a haiku to a concrete poem, and more.
Booklist: "Many of the verses highlight nature ("Dear Sky," by Naomi Shihab Nye, and "Constellation," by Ed DeCaria); others celebrate diverse cultures ("The Race of Friends," by Jane Yolen, and "Stories for Dinner," by Cynthia Leitich Smith); while still others, such as Sylvia Liu's "Thanks in Advance (for Not Squishing Me)," will elicit laughter."