about the book
Chloe Cho is the only Asian American in her school. She’s tired of people thinking that everything she does well (i.e. good grades, winning first chair in orchestra, etc…) is because she’s Asian.
That reasoning is so faulty—she doesn’t even know anything about her Korean heritage!
Chloe’s parents refuse to answer all of her questions relating to Korea, so she sometimes looks up information online. Through trial and error, she discovered that Korean dumplings are harder to make than the recipe lets on. But articles and recipes can only tell her so much. They don’t give her any insight into her family’s story.
When a Korean American teacher comes to town, Chloe is excited…until she needs one of her parents to share a family story for an assignment.
about the author
At the beginning of his middle grade years, Mike Jung was an overachieving introvert who read as many books as he could. Then his family moved from California to New Jersey, becoming one of the few Asian American families in the area. During sixth grade, Mike was moved up to seventh grade and things went downhill: his grades plummeted and the bullying increased. Books became essential to his survival.
Mike’s favorite superhero was Spider-Man because they were both angsty teenagers who were social outcasts and bookworms.
You’d never guess that Mike is an introvert dealing with social anxiety by looking at his online persona though—many people who meet him online think he’s a loud, goofy extrovert! But if they meet him in person, they realize he’s actually much more reserved.
Before he began writing, Mike’s creative outlet was music: singing, playing the ukulele and guitar, and writing songs. He still plays when he can, but doesn’t have the time to go to open mic nights anymore. Interestingly, Mike is part of his literary agency’s band called Erin Murphy’s Dog. They play a bunch of covers and original tunes once a year at their annual retreat.
Mike is a librarian by day who helped found the We Need Diverse Books movement.
He lives in Oakland, California with his wife and two children.
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