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Parachute Kids: A Graphic Novel

Parachute Kids: A Graphic Novel

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From New York Times bestselling comic artist Betty C. Tang comes a funny, fast-paced, and heartrending story about three siblings living on their own as undocumented new immigrants, inspired by the author's own childhood as a parachute kid. Perfect for fans of New Kid and Front Desk.

"Emotionally moving and beautifully executed." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A compelling story of immigration and family bonds; highly recommended." -- School Library Journal, starred review

"Readers will find this story hard to put down." -- Booklist, starred review

"Poignant and triumphant." -- The Horn Book, starred review


Feng-Li can't wait to discover America with her family! But after an action-packed vacation, her parents deliver shocking news: They are returning to Taiwan and leaving Feng-Li and her older siblings in California on their own.

Suddenly, the three kids must fend for themselves in a strange new world--and get along. Starting a new school, learning a new language, and trying to make new friends while managing a household is hard enough, but Bro and Sis's constant bickering makes everything worse. Thankfully, there are some hilarious moments to balance the stress and loneliness. But as tensions escalate--and all three kids get tangled in a web of bad choices--can Feng-Li keep her family together?

Author: Betty C. Tang
Publisher: Graphix
Published: 04/04/2023
Pages: 288
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.36lbs
Size: 7.95h x 5.51w x 1.02d
ISBN: 9781338832686
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 2.5
Point Value: 2
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 519989 / Parachute Kids

Award: National Book Awards - Nominee

Review Citation(s):
School Library Journal 04/01/2023 pg. 134
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 05/01/2023
Booklist 04/15/2023 pg. 37
Horn Book Magazine 05/01/2023 pg. 151

About the Author
Betty C. Tang is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of the Jacky Ha-Ha series of graphic novels by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. She has worked for various Hollywood animation studios including Disney TV and Dreamworks Animation, and codirected an animated feature called Where's the Dragon? Betty is also a fourth degree black belt in aikido, a Japanese martial art. Born in Taiwan, Betty immigrated to California as a Parachute Kid when she was ten. She lives in Los Angeles. Learn more about her work at

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