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The silence that binds us / by Joanna Ho.

Ho, Joanna, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9780063059344
  • ISBN: 0063059347
  • Physical Description: 437 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, [2022]

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Summary, etc.:
Maybelline Chen isn't the Chinese Taiwanese American daughter her mother expects her to be. May prefers hoodies over dresses and wants to become a writer. When asked, her mom can't come up with one specific reason for why she's proud of her only daughter. May's beloved brother, Danny, on the other hand, has just been admitted to Princeton. But Danny secretly struggles with depression, and when he dies by suicide, May's world is shattered.In the aftermath, racist accusations are hurled against May's parents for putting too much ٢pressure٣ on him. May's father tells her to keep her head down. Instead, May challenges these ugly stereotypes through her writing. Yet the consequences of speaking out run much deeper than anyone could foresee. Who gets to tell our stories, and who gets silenced? It's up to May to take back the narrative.Joanna Ho masterfully explores timely themes of mental health, racism, and classism. "An ornately carved window into the core of shared humanity. Read and re-read. Then read it again." -Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin"Powerful and piercing, filled with truth, love, and a heroine who takes back the narrative." -Abigail Hing Wen, New York Times bestselling author of Loveboat, Taipei٢A held-breath of a novel that finds courage amidst brokenness, and holds a candle to the dark.٣ -Stacey Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Downstairs Girl٢Ho confronts racism with care and nuance, capturing the complexities of grief and growth. A poignant call to action.٣ -Randy Ribay, National Book Award finalist for Patron Saints of Nothing
Target Audience Note:
Ages 14 up. HarperTeen.
Grades 10-12. HarperTeen.
Subject: Suicide > Fiction.
Brothers and sisters > Fiction.
Racism > Fiction.
Chinese Americans > Fiction.
Asian Americans > Fiction.
Families > California > Fiction.
High schools > Fiction.
Schools > Fiction.
Genre: Novels.
Young adult fiction.

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