FUNNY AND TIMELY: Mya is a typical “nearly teen” girl, passionate about social justice issues and just as passionate in her desire to not be the only girl in her class without a cell phone.
DIVERSITY: Mya’s mother is from Myanmar; her father is white—these facts inform Mya’s family life but have no bearing on her school life—it’s not an issue in that sense. Tanya Lloyd Kyi writes from her own experience, as her husband is from Myanmar and their children are mixed race.
ACCESSIBLE WRITING: A mix of short chapters, emails, texts, school assignments, and recipes, this story will keep young readers engaged—and laughing!
WONDERFUL FOOD REFERENCES: Do you like delicious coconut curries? As Mya learns to cook from her aunt, you too will want to try out some of the recipes in the novel.
EXPERIENCED WRITER: Tanya writes novels for both the middle-grade and YA audience, as well as nonfiction books for kids and adults.
AUTHOR WHO GETS OUT THERE: Tanya gives presentations to intermediate and high school students as well as to adults. She was most recently at the ALAN panel in St. Louis last fall; she has also spoken at the Vancouver Writers Fest, travelled with TD Canadian Children’s BookWeek, and visited schools across Metro Vancouver.
PRAISE FOR The Prince of Pot:
“This truly immersive story…is the perfect read for high-school seniors on the verge of starting their adult life, trying to figure out how much of their past will sit comfortably beside it.”—Booklist
“An engaging story set in an atypical locale that will universally appeal to teens.”—School Library Journal
PRAISE FOR Anywhere But Here:
“Kyi’s novel presents a heart-wrenching, realistic depiction of a son grieving the loss of his mother.”—Booklist
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