Last week we reviewed the picture book The East-West House which featured the true story of a Hapa protaganist: designer Isamu Noguchi.
This week’s HapaMama Summer Reading picks feature a pair of Middle Grade chapter books written by Lisa Yee and illustrated by Dan Santat: Bobby vs. Girls (Sometimes) and Bobby the Brave (Accidentally).
“Those clamoring for fiction with nonwhite or biracial characters in which race is not the focus will welcome nine-year-old Bobby Ellis-Chan.”
–Horn Book, starred review
Bobby vs. Girls (Sometimes) is on our own list of books to read this summer, so I can’t speak for it firsthand, but Terry Hong of Smithsonian Bookdragon says:
Yee writes yet another pitch-perfect tale about the prickly relationships between boys and girls as they painstakingly untangle the often overwhelming challenges of having to grow up.
Monday, June 20 at 2:00 p.m.
1378 Lincoln Ave.
San Jose, California