Maizy Chen's Last Chance: (Newbery Honor Award Winner) (Hardcover)

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I would give this book 5 stars because at the end I was crying and not a lot of books have that effect on me. The Chinese history that Maizy's grandfather was telling us was so well put together. Speaking of her grandfather I want to let you know that this book had many connections to the game of poker. Her grandfather is teaching her how to play and she is using some of the plays in real life, which I thought was pretty interesting. I also liked how the book had short chapters, it helped the story move along. You know, I always wonder how an author chooses the name of a book. Sometimes I try to figure out why. This book had many connections to the title and I think the author chose the right one. But I won't tell you why it's a good title, you'll have to figure it out by reading it.

— From Maisie Reviews!



Twelve year-old Maizy discovers her family’s Chinese restaurant is full of secrets in this irresistible novel that celebrates food, fortune, and family.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY School Library JournalBooklist • The Horn BookNew York Public Library

Welcome to the Golden Palace!

Maizy has never been to Last Chance, Minnesota . . . until now. Her mom’s plan is just to stay for a couple weeks, until her grandfather gets better. But plans change, and as Maizy spends more time in Last Chance and at the Golden Palace—the restaurant that’s been in her family for generations—she makes some discoveries.For instance:

  • You can tell a LOT about someone by the way they order food. 
  • People can surprise you. Sometimes in good ways, sometimes in disappointing ways.
  • And the Golden Palace has secrets...

But the more Maizy discovers, the more questions she has. Like, why are her mom and her grandmother always fighting? Who are the people in the photographs on the office wall? And when she discovers that a beloved family treasure has gone missing—and someone has left a racist note—Maizy decides it’s time to find the answers.

About the Author

Lisa Yee is a Newbery Honoree and National Book Award finalist for Maizy Chen’s Last Chance. She is also the author of over 21 books for young people, including the groundbreaking Millicent Min, Girl GeniusStanford Wong Flunks Big-Time; and the DC Super Hero Girls novel series. Lisa is a frequent contributor to NPR’s Books We Love. A third-generation Chinese American, Lisa says, “I wrote Maizy Chen’s Last Chance as a tribute to my grandparents and to all the immigrants who made the journey to America.” Lisa divides her time between Western Massachusetts and Los Angeles.

Praise For…


★ “Lisa Yee combines neglected U.S. history and multi-generational family legends… to create the delightful and enlightening Maizy Chen's Last Chance.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review

★ “A moving, multilayered family narrative.” —Booklist, starred review

★ “Captivating... and prompts readers to consider what it means to be American.” —The Horn Book, starred review

★ "This fast-paced, humorous, heartwarming tale of family and history is likely to appeal to readers of all ages." —School Library Journal, starred review

“Heartfelt, personal, and real—this book is a gift.” —Tae Keller, Newbery-winning author of When You Trap a Tiger

“Bursting with humor and heart.” —Kate Messner, New York Times bestselling author of Breakout

I love this book. This is a big story and brings up much-needed discussion about the importance of community, history, and truth.” —Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor-winning author of One Crazy Summer

Product Details
ISBN: 9781984830258
ISBN-10: 1984830252
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 1st, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English