A warm, tender story about a creative girl who hopes that by winning a filmmaking contest, she'll convince her great-grandfather not to move back home to the Philippines. For fans of Erin Entrada Kelly and Kelly Yang.
Mae Respicio's debut novel is The House That Lou Built, which received the Asian Pacific American Library Association Honor Award in Children's Literature. Mae lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two sons. Like the main character in this book, she grew up hearing Filipino folktales and history from her family--though it wasn't until much later that she learned to start asking questions. Find out more about her work at maerespicio.com and follow her on Twitter (@maerespicio) and Instagram (@maerespiciobooks).
"Full of Filipino folklore, history, and cuisine, and the beautiful backdrop of the ocean adds to the story's visual appeal. . . . A tender #OwnVoices tale." --School Library Journal, starred review
"Inspiring and heartfelt, this book will leave readers with smiles on their faces and tears in their eyes." --Booklist "Respicio brings another refreshing contemporary glimpse into the Filipinx American experience . . . A tale of family relationships and transitions told with plenty of heart." --Kirkus Reviews "A sweet and touching journey of discovering that home will always be in the hearts of those you love--no matter how far apart you roam." --Jo Knowles, author of See You At Harry's "A heartfelt story about family, embracing change, and the meaning of home." -Publisher's Weekly