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Winston Chu vs. the Whimsies

Written by Stacey Lee
Published by Rick Riordan Presents

Twelve-year-old Winston Chu is supposed to learn impulse control at the cooking academy his mom enrolled him in. But learning to think before he acts won’t happen overnight.

While skateboarding home with a pie in hand, Winston inadvertently stops a robbery at Mr. Pang’s Whimsies, an oddities shop in Chinatown. As a reward, Mr. Pang invites Winston to choose any item in the store. But the strange old man warns Winston to browse carefully, for the first thing Winston touches will be the thing he gets. Before Winston can decide, a magpie flies under a shelf, and he impulsively grabs an old broom to sweep it out.
Mr. Pang hands him the broom, along with a dustpan. “Two for one. Congratulations.”

Deflated, Winston returns home, determined to put the broom incident behind him. Or at least in the closet. But when some of his most beloved possessions go missing, all Winston can think about are the broom and dustpan. Did they somehow take his stuff? And what–or who–will they dispose of next?

It’s time to break into Mr. Pang’s Whimsies, where clearly there’s more going on than meets the far-seeing eyeball. It’s time to fight magic with magic. And this time, Winston better have a plan.

Primary ISBN: 9781368074803
Publication Date: February 2023
Available As: Hardcover, Audiobook, eBook
Middle Grade , Age 08 or older

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Setting: United States (San Francisco CA)

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: In Home Country (5th Generation)

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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