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Tofu Quilt

Tofu Quilt (hc)

By Ching Yeung Russell


Growing up in Hong Kong in the 1960s, Yeung Ying is tired of hearing how important boys are. After all, she can write letters and recite poems as well as—even better than—her boy cousins.

Luckily, Yeung Ying’s mother thinks "girls and boys are just the same." Despite protests from her husband’s family, Ma uses what little money the family has to send her daughter to private school. There Yeung Ying begins to fall in love with books and writing. Combining this new passion with the colorful experiences of her daily life, Yeung Ying discovers that even girls can dare to dream.

In her first collection of poems, Ching Yeung Russell captures elements of her youth in rich, vivid snapshots and authentic detail. Readers of all backgrounds will relate to spirited Yeung Ying, her dynamic family, and her courage in the face of life’s obstacles.

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Sakura Medal Award Nomination 2011-2012

Prairie Pasque Nominee 2011-2012
South Dakota Children's Book Awards

Suggested Reading List 2012
New York State Reading Association

2012 Garden State Teen Book Awards Nominee

2012 Charlotte Award Nominee
New York State Reading Association

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Interest Level
Grades 3 - 6
Reading Level
Grades 4 - 5
Asian/Asian American Interest, Breaking Gender Barriers, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Dreams & Aspirations, Education, Family Traditions, Self Esteem/Identity, YA interest, Middle Grade, Nonfiction
About the Creators

Ching Yeung Russell grew up in mainland China and Hong Kong. She began writing letters for her relatives at the age of eight and was inspired to become a writer by her desire to eat more dan lai (milk custard)—a special treat she was once rewarded with for reciting classical Chinese poetry. Russell is the author of a series of middle grade novels beginning with First Apple, winner of a Parents’ Choice Award and the New York State Reading Association’s Charlotte Award. She often travels in the United States and abroad to share her books with students. Russell lives in South Carolina with her husband, a social worker and avid photographer. They have two grown sons. Her Web site is chingyeung.homestead.com.

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