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.
“…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.