Danny Chung Sums It Up
Written by Maisie Chan
Illustrated by Natelle Quek
Published by Amulet Books
Eleven-year-old Danny’s life is turned upside down when his Chinese grandmother comes to live with his family in England. Things get worse when Danny finds out he’ll have to share his room with her, and she took the top bunk! At first, Danny is frustrated that he can’t communicate with her because she doesn’t speak English—and because he’s on the verge of failing math and Nai Nai was actually a math champion back in the day. It just feels like he and his grandmother have nothing in common. His parents insist that Danny help out, so when he’s left to look after Nai Nai, he leaves her at the bingo hall for the day to get her off his back. But he soon discovers that not everyone there is as welcoming as he expected . . . Through the universal languages of math and art, Danny realizes he has more in common with his Nai Nai than he first thought. Filled with heart and humor, Danny Chung Sums It Up shows that traversing two cultures is possible and worth the effort, even if it’s not always easy.
Primary ISBN: 9781419748219
Publication Date: September 2021
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Chapter Book, Age 08 or older
Community Represented: Chinese/Chinese American
Themes: Cultural Empowerment & Joy: Family, Discrimination: Racial, Engagement Tool: Video, Family Relationship: Grandparents, Family Relationship: Parents, Generation: 1st, Generational Differences: Language, Immigrant: Reunion of Family, Own Voices/Lived Experience, STEM, Welcoming by Individual
Setting: United Kingdom
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: 1st Generation
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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