New from Here (Hardcover)
I would give this book 5 stars but at the beginning I was going to give it 4 or 3 stars. This book is all about COVID 19 but it's not like a fact book it is a novel. At first I wasn't sure if I wanted to read a book about Covid during Covid but I knew I had to read it and see what it was like. And in the end I really loved it! It is so well written and I love how it has so much feelings that you can relate to. The story starts in Hong Kong which is right next to China where the virus first started. I liked reading about Covid from a different perspective. I think that it's interesting to see how the people in Asia were affected even before the people in America started to get affected. This book was really good but I can't wait for this pandemic to end!— Maisie
From the New York Times bestselling author of Front Desk comes a poignant middle grade novel about courage, hope, and resilience as an Asian American boy fights to keep his family together and stand up to racism during the initial outbreak of the coronavirus.
When the coronavirus hits Hong Kong, ten-year-old Knox Wei-Evans’s mom makes the last-minute decision to move him and his siblings back to California, where they think they will be safe. Suddenly, Knox has two days to prepare for an international move—and for leaving his dad, who has to stay for work.
At his new school in California, Knox struggles with being the new kid. His classmates think that because he’s from Asia, he must have brought over the virus. At home, Mom just got fired and is panicking over the loss of health insurance, and Dad doesn’t even know when he’ll see them again, since the flights have been cancelled. And everyone struggles with Knox’s blurting-things-out problem.
As racism skyrockets during COVID-19, Knox tries to stand up to hate, while finding his place in his new country. Can you belong if you’re feared; can you protect if you’re new? And how do you keep a family together when you’re oceans apart? Sometimes when the world is spinning out of control, the best way to get through it is to embrace our own lovable uniqueness.
About the Author
Kelly Yang is the New York Times bestselling author of Front Desk, winner of the 2019 Asian Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature, Parachutes, and Three Keys. Front Desk also won the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal, was the 2019 Global Read Aloud, and has earned numerous other honors including being named a best book of the year by Amazon, The Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and NPR. Learn more at KellyYang.com.