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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 144
Themes: cultural stereotypes, being who you are, diversity, gender stereotypes, middle-school humor
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 27/Aug/2019
Fry Reading Level: 3.5
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Everyone assumes that because he's Chinese, Jon Wong must be good at math and science and a first-class nerd. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to shake the stereotypes. After a kung fu action movie, Jon and his best buddy pretend to be martial-arts warriors. Word soon spreads that Jon is a kung fu master, and the kids begin to treat him differently. Rather than correct the mistake, Jon plays up the role and basks in the positive attention from his classmates. But when the school bully challenges him to prove his skills, Jon must figure out a way to somehow keep his status as the cool kid. Without getting pulverized.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Chan’s engaging story will teach children a valuable lesson in humility, the acceptance of one’s own limitations, and the importance of valuing oneself.”
Must Read Literature: K thru YA
“Brings to life the real stereotypes that some people place on other ethnic groups…A very good book for a school library.”

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TD Summer Reading List  | 2020 | Commended
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens  | 2020 | Commended

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