Sunday, August 02, 2009

MC Spotlight #2: Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies) by Justina Chen Headley

The YA Fresh MC Spotlight #2 slot goes to...

Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies)

"Getting her fortune told by a Taiwanese 'belly-button grandmother' (who feels up her navel) instead of attending the spring dance is just one of the joys of being Patty Ho, a covertly snarky 'hapa' (half Asian, half white) struggling with her dual heritage. Patty's domineering mother is determined to make her a good Taiwanese girl. Gangly Patty, no 'China doll,' longs to be white like her long-gone father...readers will find a compelling narrative, and a spunky, sympathetic heroine. This book should enjoy wide appeal." -VOYA

Read an excerpt here.

If Justina Chen Headley's life were a map, it would be dotted with destinations from around the world. Despite her ability to get lost anywhere, she revels in traveling and has lived in Australia and China. Her first young adult novel, Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies), won the 2007 Asian Pacific American Award for Youth Literature. Her second book, featuring a gutsy snowboarder, Girl Overboard, won praise from Olympic Gold Medalist and fellow snowboarder Hannah Teter. Justina is a co-founder of readergirlz, an online book community for teens, and lives in Washington with her two children. You can visit her online at www.justinachenheadley.com/.

4 fresh comments:

TinaFerraro said...

I got to talk with Justina a bit at a writer's conference last year (in fact, I'm fairly sure I posted a picture here that that included her.) Anyway, she's a very nice person and a wonderful writer. I agree, we all should pick up this book!

Kelly Parra said...

I've chatted a few times with Justina via email. She is very nice! This book sounds like a great read!

Little Willow said...

Love this book - Love all of her books.

Kelly Parra said...

Thanks, LW!