Illustrated by :Julie Kwon
Audience:Children: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (US) 4 - 7
Dimensions:8.19in x 5.56 x 0.83 in | 0.66 lb
Page Count:312 pages
Illustrations:B&W SPOT ART THROUGHOUT
FUNNY AND POIGNANT: The ups and downs of Peter’s journey from budding paeleontologist to successful artist will capture readers’ hearts.
INCIDENTAL DISABILITY: While Peter’s asthma sometimes impacts his ability to do something, he has accepted this condition; it’s only one part of his character, and not the focus of the novel.
OWN VOICES STORY: Peter Lee is a second-generation Korean-Canadian—his observations about the Korean side of his identity are funny, and always affectionate.
THE HEALING ROLE OF ART: Peter is also a talented artist, and his art will play a key role in helping his grandmother—it also helps him deal with his own problems.
INTERIOR ILLUSTRATIONS: The book has twelve interior illustrations by American illustrator, Julie Kwon, whose heritage is also Korean. She will also illustrate the cover.
HEARTWARMING MULTI-GENERATIONAL FAMILY STORY: Peter has a close relationship with all his family, especially his grandparents, Hammy and Haji; and while he complains about his strict parents, they come through in the end.
HILARIOUS YOUNGER SISTER: L.B. may well just steal your heart with her extremely high I.Q. and equally high energetic physicality.
SYMPATHETIC PORTRAYAL OF DEMENTIA: Hammy is just beginning to show signs of dementia, a condition many young readers may well recognize in their own grandparents.
CRITICAL ACCLAIM: Angela Ahn’s first novel, Krista Kim-Bap, was a Bank Street Book of the Year.
Nominated for the 2021 Governor General’s Literary Award for Young People’s Literature — Text
One of CCBC’s Best Books for Kids and Teens, Fall 2021
A Quill & Quire Kids’ Book of the Year (2021)
“[A] winsome…and fetching middle-grade novel.” —STARRED REVIEW, Shelf Awareness
“A sweet, science-y story of struggles and discovery.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A sweet coming-of-age story packed with dinosaurs, sibling drama, and Korean culture.” —School Library Journal
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