Shanghai Messenger

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Eleven-year-old Xiao Mei, the child of an American father and a Chinese mother, is persuaded by Grandma Nai Nai in America to take up the invitation from Uncle Hai Tao to spend the summer in Shanghai. Cheng’s free verses, illustrated with Young’s line-and-watercolor pictures, describe her journey. A glossary and a pronunciation guide will help readers pronounce the Mandarin names and words.