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Shanghai Messenger

By Andrea Cheng
Illustrated by Ed Young

2005, 40 pages, Hardback.
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"You are my messenger. Look everything. Remember," Grandma Nai Nai tells eleven-year-old Xiao Mei as the girl heads off to Shanghai, China, to visit their extended family. Xiao Mei is both excited and apprehensive. Will her relatives accept her, a girl from America who is only half Chinese?

Xiao Mei is eagerly embraced by her aunties, uncles, and cousins and quickly immersed in the sights, smells, and hubbub of daily living in Shanghai. At first battling homesickness, Xiao Mei soon ventures out on her own, discovering the excitement of a different way of life and a new appreciation of her Chinese heritage. When it is finally time to leave, Xiao Mei must gather up her memories and bring "a little bit of China" back home.

Ed Young's exquisite drawings touchingly highlight Andrea Cheng's lyrical story of adventure, self-discovery, and the bonds that tie families together.

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About the Author and Illustrator

ANDREA CHENG has written several books for young readers, including Grandfather Counts, a Reading Rainbow recommended title published by Lee & Low Books; and Marika, a Notable Book of Jewish Content. Shanghai Messenger was inspired by a trip to China to see her husband's family as well as her memories of a childhood visit to relatives in Hungary. Cheng and her family live in Cincinnati, Ohio.

ED YOUNG is one of the most versatile and highly honored illustrators of children's books today. He was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China and Caldecott Honors for his book Seven Blind Mice and The Emperor and the Kite by Jane Yolen. A native of Shanghai, China, Young now lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, with his wife and their children.

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