Finally Seen-Kelly Yang (BRMSBC)


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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Front Desk comes a gripping middle grade
novel about a young girl who leaves China to live with her parents and sister, after five years
apart, and learns about family, friendship, and the power of being finally seen.

My sister got to grow up with my parents. Me? I grew up with postcards from my parents.

When ten-year-old Lina Gao steps off the plane in Los Angeles, it’s her first time in America and
the first time seeing her parents and her little sister in five years! She’s been waiting for this
moment every day while she lived with her grandmother in Beijing, getting teased by kids at
school who called her “left behind girl.” Finally, her parents are ready for her to join their
fabulous life in America! Except, it’s not exactly like in the postcards:

1. School’s a lot harder than she thought. When she mispronounces some words in English on
the first day, she decides she simply won’t talk. Ever again.

2. Her chatty little sister has no problem with English. And seems to do everything better than
Lina, including knowing exactly the way to her parents’ hearts.

3. They live in an apartment, not a house like in Mom’s letters, and they owe a lot of back rent
from the pandemic. And Mom’s plan to pay it back sounds more like a hobby than a

As she reckons with her hurt, Lina tries to keep a lid on her feelings, both at home and at school.
When her teacher starts facing challenges for her latest book selection, a book that deeply
resonates with Lina, it will take all of Lina’s courage and resilience to get over her fear in order
to choose a future where she’s finally seen.