Part historical fiction, part magical realism, and 100 percent adventure. Thirteen-year-old Mei reimagines the myths of Paul Bunyan as starring a Chinese heroine while she works in a Sierra Nevada logging camp in 1885. Aware of the racial tumult in the years after the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act, Mei tries to remain blissfully focused on her job, her close friendship with the camp foreman's daughter, and telling stories about Paul Bunyan--reinvented as Po Pan Yin (Auntie Po), an elderly Chinese matriarch. Anchoring herself with stories of Auntie Po, Mei navigates the difficulty and politics of lumber camp work and her growing romantic feelings for her friend Bee. The Legend of Auntie Po is about who gets to own a myth, and about immigrant families and communities holding on to rituals and traditions while staking out their own place in America.
Accelerated Reader: Reading Level: 2.8 Point Value: 1 Interest Level: Middle Grade Quiz #/Name: 512312 / Legend of Auntie Po
Review Citation(s): Booklist 04/15/2021 pg. 35 Kirkus Reviews 05/01/2021 Publishers Weekly 05/10/2021 pg. 71 Horn Book Magazine 07/01/2021 pg. 115 Shelf Awareness 06/29/2021 School Library Journal 07/09/2021 pg. 1 Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 09/01/2021
About the Author Shing Yin Khor is a cartoonist and installation artist exploring the Americana mythos and new human rituals. A Malaysian-Chinese immigrant, and an American citizen since 2011, they are also the author of The American Dream?, a graphic novel about travelling Route 66.