Lee & Low Books
novel in verse
A free-verse novel about eleven-year-old Xiao Mei's visit with her extended family in China, where the Chinese-American girl finds many differences but also the similarities that bind a family together.
Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Culture/Ethnicity; Language barrier; Biracial; Interracial; Bicultural; different languages; communication barrier; biracial child; mixed races; interracial marriage; bicultural child
mother and father
Asian Pacific American Award for Literature, 2005-2006, Honorable Mention, Youth Literature
Parents' Choice Award, 2005, Recommended, Fiction
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2005 Ages (9 to 12)
Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2005
New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2005 Stories for Younger Readers
Notable Books for a Global Society, 2006
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, 2005
voyages and travels; family life; homesickness; extended family; heritage; family tree; grandmother; messages
Cheng, Andrea, "Shanghai Messenger" (2005). Diverse Families. 526.