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Finding My Voice
By (author): Marie Myung-Ok Lee
9781641291972 Hardcover English Young Adult : Age (years) from 14, Grade (US) from 9 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Diversity & Multicultural Dec 01, 2020
$21.99 CAD
Active 5.71 x 8.52 x 0.76 in | 0.76 lb 192 pages Soho Press Soho Teen
The groundbreaking Own Voices YA classic from Korean-American author Marie Myung-Ok Lee, reissued with a new foreword from Wicked Fox author Kat Cho.

Seventeen-year-old Ellen Sung just wants to be like everyone else at her all-white school. But hers is the only Korean American family in town, and her classmates in Arkin, Minnesota, will never let her forget that she’s different. At the start of senior year, Ellen finds herself falling for Tomper Sandel, a football player who is popular and blond and undeniably cute…and to her surprise, he falls for her, too. Now Ellen has a chance at life she never imagined, one that defies the expectations of both her core friend group and her strict parents. But even as she stands up to racism at school and disapproval at home, all while pursuing a romance with Tomper, Ellen discovers that her greatest challenge is one she never expected: finding the courage to speak up and raise her voice.

Story Locale: Minnesota

THIRTY YEAR ANNIVESARY: Published in 1992, this ground-breaking novel was the first Asian-American story written by an Asian-American author. This re-release is timed to coincide with a big hardcover re-issue and a thirty-year package in paperback.

SMALL TOWN LOVE: Reflects the author’s own experiences as a member of the only Korean family (and only family of color) in her small Minnesota hometown.

FIRST GENERATION PRESSURES: The novel delves deep into the experiences of a first generation American, torn by her family’s desires, her surroundings, and her own true feelings.

INTRODUCTION: Foreword by Kat Cho, bestselling author of Wicked Fox.

Marie Myung-Ok Lee is the author of two other YA novels: Necessary Roughness and Saying Goodbye, the sequel to Finding My Voice, as well as the middle grade novels If It Hadn’t Been for Yoon Jun and Night of the Chupacabras. Her books have won multiple awards, including Friends of American Writers, New York Public Library’s Best Books for the Teen Age, and NCTE’s Children’s Choice. She has been a judge for the National Book Awards, a Fulbright Fellow, and was one of the first Korean American journalists allowed into North Korea.

Author Residence: New York, NY

Author Hometown: Minnesota

Marketing: TBT social campaign

Re-purpose US school & library materials



Publicity: Review mailing

Include in We Need Diverse Books round-ups

Blog feature

Outreach to Asian-Canadian communities and influencers

Praise for Finding My Voice

A Friends of American Writers Best Book
An ALA Best Book for Reluctant Readers
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
An International Reading Association Children’s Choice

“A quintessential teen book about trying to navigate high school and find some semblance of belonging…I am so happy that Finding My Voice is finding new life for a whole new generation of readers.”
—Kat Cho, author of Wicked Fox (from the Foreword)
 
“A beautifully written coming-of-age romance about a high school senior’s final months in her small, racist hometown.”
BuzzFeed

“A staple that deserves permanent space on your bookshelf.”
—Bitch Media

“This OwnVoices story still resonates with its lessons on small-town insularity, friendship and first love.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Honestly rendered, and never didactic, the story allows readers first to flinch in recognition and then to look into their own hearts.”
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Praise for Marie Myung-Ok Lee
“That rare book, that rare page-turner, the one you cannot put down, the one you will suspend washing the laundry for or cooking breakfast for. It is the novel you will open and read in one urgent breath as you take in the storyteller’s compelling tale of lives felt long after the book’s end as you turn off the light to sleep.”
—Lois-Ann Yamanaka, author of Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers

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