Tofu Quilt

By Ching Russell

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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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About the Creators

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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

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Hardcover: 9781600604232

E-Book: 9781600608674

Paperback: 9781620143544

Six Pack: 9781620144701


Notable Books for a Global Society
International Reading Association (IRA)

Notable Books in the Language Arts
National Council of Teachers of English

Asian/Pacific American Award Honor for Literature
Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)

Charlotte Award Nominee
New York State Reading Association

Children's Crown Gallery Award Nominee
National Christian School Association

Garden State Teen Book Awards Nominee
New Jersey Library Association

Oprah's Book Club Kids' Reading List
Oprah's Book Club/ALA

Prairie Pasque Nominee
South Dakota State Library

Red Dot Book Award Shortlist
International School Libraries Network, Singapore

Rhode Island Children's Book Award Reading List
Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services

Sakura Medal Award Nomination
The American School in Japan

Suggested Reading List
New York State Reading Association

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Interest Level:

Grades 3 - 6

Reading Level:

Grades 4 - 5


Nonfiction, Middle Grade, YA interest, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Responsibility, Poetry, Overcoming Obstacles, Mothers, Home, Grandparents, Food, Families, Education, Dreams & Aspirations, Discrimination, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Bullying, Breaking Gender Barriers, Biography/Memoir, Asian/Asian American Interest, Empathy/Compassion, Gratitude, Integrity/Honesty , Optimism/Enthusiasm, Persistence/Grit, Self Control/Self Regulation, Pride, Courage

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