Shu-Li and Tamara (2008)

(for Grades 2 to 4)

Summary:  Shu-Li’s family moved to Canada from China two years ago.  They now run a Chinese deli in Vancouver’s Commercial Drive area.  Her classmate, Tamara, recently moved into the neighbourhood.  The two girls become good friends, but an ugly rumour threatens their relationship.

Reviews

“…charming black-and-white line drawings enliven the text and make the story accessible for beginning readers.  …ultimately this is a story of loyalty and friendship that all children can relate to.”  
--Canadian Children’s Book News, Volume 31 Number 1, Winter 2008

“…[the story] crosses ethnic and class boundaries as well as the prejudices that they encounter because of their backgrounds.  The story exemplifies a friendship based on trust and openness as well as the benefits of such a friendship….   Readers will come away from this book with… a good sense of the multicultural neighbourhood in which these two girls live.”   
--CM
Volume 14 Number 8, December 2007.

 
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