Awards & Reviews

PoPo’s Lucky Chinese New Year (Dec 2016)

  • Awards TBA (hopefully!)

Reviews coming!


Cherry Lake Publishing/45th Parallel Press Books

  • Awards TBA (fingers crossed!)


“I am a librarian serving a K-6 school in Sonoma County.  Many of our students have transferred from other schools and are currently reading 2 to 3 years below grade level. It has been a challenge to provide quality books that have the interest of the intermediate grades and language that they can succeed in reading. The 45th Parallel Press is addressing these needs with books that have high interest for many of our students, not just those who have been targeted for assistance. When a book holds the interest of a student, they want to read, which is a step forward. Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan has tackled this in selecting topics to ‘grab’ these students and I can’t wait to get more of them for the students. These books speak for themselves in fulfilling a need for students. They are sure-fire winners! The 45th Parallel Press books are so well received by my students. The topics are appealing and the research is evident in the writing. This is a niche that needs to be filled. These children need books that they want to read, even through they struggle with comprehension in grade level vocabulary. I can’t keep Extreme Snowboarding in the library – I presently have four holds on the title and we have no snow in Petaluma! There is a book that is appropriate for every child. We just have to get the book into their hands.” – Ms. Marie Hinton, Librarian




Paper Son: Lee’s Journey to America

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The Jade Dragon


From School Library Journal: Grade 3-4–A well-executed easy chapter book that incorporates a friendship story with the more serious issue of identity. It is 1983, and Ginny Liao is the only Chinese second grader in her suburban Virginia school. She has friends among her classmates, but no best friend. Then a new girl, Stephanie, enters her class, and Ginny immediately hopes they will be friends because Stephanie is Chinese, too. That doesn’t prove to be the case. While Ginny is an American born of native Chinese parents, Stephanie was adopted by a Caucasian family and is thoroughly Americanized. In order to help the friendship along, Ginny loans Stephanie the jade dragon her parents had made to commemorate her birth in the Year of the Dragon. Almost at once she knows she has made a mistake, but cannot correct it and is fearful her mother will discover what she has done. Meanwhile, the two girls finally become friends and discover that they both have secret feelings about being Chinese. The push/pull between American and ethnic culture, a dilemma that many children of immigrants feel, is well illustrated in this novel. Ginny is a real little girl who doesn’t want to be different, but at the same time values her parents and their culture. A first-rate purchase.–Terrie Dorio, Santa Monica Public Library, CA Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist: Second-grader Ginny is thrilled when another Chinese girl joins her class. But Stephanie is adopted and her fondest wish is to be Caucasian like her parents. Despite Stephanie’s initial unwillingness, the girls eventually become friends, and Ginny gives Stephanie a valuable jade dragon to seal the deal. The story, set in the 1980s, brings up some interesting issues, including the embarrassment some first-generation children feel about their heritage, the things children will do to make and keep friends, and the uncertainty foreign adoptees can feel about fitting into their families. The authors tackle it all with a light touch, centering the story on Ginny’s desire to make a new friend, especially one that looks like her. Though it will take a skilled second-grade reader to read the book (it might have attracted a wider audience had the characters been slightly older), children who stick with it will enjoy the story, and the compelling cover photo will drawn an audience. Pair this with Grace Lin’s Year of the Dog (2006). Ilene Cooper Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved