The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling

Wai Chim
AUD $19.99

This compelling young adult novel about growing up in a migrant Asian family with a mother who is suffering from a mental illness was short-listed for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards.

SHORT-LISTED: 2020 Prime Minister's Literary Award, Young Adult Fiction
FINALIST: 2021 Kirkus Prize, Young Readers

Anna Chiu has her hands pretty full looking after her brother and sister and helping out at her dad's restaurant, all while her mum stays in bed. Dad's new delivery boy, Rory, is a welcome distraction and even though she knows that things aren't right at home, she's starting to feel like she could just be a normal teen. But when Mum finally gets out of bed, things go from bad to worse. And as Mum's condition worsens, Anna and her family question everything they understand about themselves and each other.

This nourishing tale about the crevices of culture, mental wellness and family was the winner of the Indie Book Awards.

'A book with a huge heartbeat and so much love infused in every page.' Alice Pung, author of Laurinda

'Deeply immersive storytelling, with sophistication and unfailing empathy. I adored this book.' Leanne Hall, author of Iris and the Tiger

'A heartwarming tale of family, food, and first love that will make you cry both happy and sad tears.' Justine Labalestier, author of My Sister Rosa

Author bio:

Wai Chim is a first-generation Chinese-American from New York City. She grew up speaking Cantonese at home and absorbing Western culture through books, TV and school. She spent some time living in Japan before making Sydney, Australia, her permanent home. Her previous books include the Chook Chook series and Shaozhen, part of the Through My Eyes: Natural Disaster Zone series. Her novel Freedom Swimmer was shortlisted for the inaugural Readings Young Adult Book Prize and the Sakura Medal, and was a Children's Book Council Notable Book. In addition to writing, Wai works as a digital producer/web developer for The Starlight Children's Foundation.

Category: Children's
ISBN: 9781760631581
Awards: Finalist Kirkus Prize 2021 US; Shortlisted Best Young Adult Literature, Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2020 AU; Shortlisted Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2020 AU; Shortlisted Book of the Year for Older Children, ABIA Awards 2020 AU; Notable Best Book for Older Readers, CBCA Awards 2020 AU; Shortlisted Best Designed Young Adult Cover, Australian Book Design Awards 2020 AU; Winner Best Young Adult Novel, Indie Book Awards 2020 AU
Publisher: A&U Children's
Imprint: A & U Children
Pub Date: August 2019
Page Extent: 400
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 12 - 16
Subject: Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage)

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