August Teen book of the Month – Messy Roots

Messy Roots

Grade 9+

272 Pages

Living in China with her extended family, Yuyang is suddenly plucked from Wuhan at age four to live with complete strangers (her parents) in completely foreign Texas. As a new American, she balances her demanding parents and “Asianness” with her desire for independence. So, she picks an American name (Laura), quits the Math Olympics, and starts playing basketball instead. And she can’t wait to leave for college. Dealing with personal crises from being too Asian versus white-washed, liking girls, to post-COVID racism, Laura finds her roots in this graphic memoir.

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