Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sharing: THE GREAT WALL OF LUCY WU - Story Siren 2011

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu is the debut work of writer, Wendy Won-Long Shang. A novel ideal for young middle graders, this book deals with it all - crushes, bullying, and parents just not understanding. And yep, that was a Fresh Prince reference.

Lucy Wu is planning on having her best year ever as sixth grade finds her leaping to the top of the elementary school food chain, playing on the basketball team, and getting her own room when her know-it-all, perfect sister, Regina, moves out to go to college. Just as the stars are perfectly aligning, Lucy gets some big news that will change her entire year - and not necessarily for the better.

This book will ring true to many as Lucy is, at times, almost painfully self-centered, but still wants to do the right thing. I love the bravery that Lucy showed when finally facing the trio of Amazon bullies at her school, and the depth of character she displays as the book draws to a close.

Your middle graders will find themselves rooting for and relating to Lucy as she traverses the rocky path that bring family, friends, and a social life together. I really enjoyed and am glad I read THE GREAT WALL OF LUCY WU.

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