The Unbeatable Lily Hong

HarperAudio. Jan. 2024. 702p. $21.99. ISBN 9780063376793.
Gr 5-8–Lau brings delicious attitude to tween Lily who’s juggling too many challenges in her seventh grade life. “Nope, [she] will not be intimidated” by her archnemesis Max. Her next film project with her two BFFs Lauren and Kelli must win the annual Clarktown’s Got Talent video competition—even if “that would take a miracle.” She won’t be “a complete loser” at Chinese school compared to her near-perfect brother and Chinese school best friend Tina. When the family’s Hong Chinese Academy is jeopardized because its community center home faces financial threat, Lily’s parents are hopeful a fundraiser will help, which means Lily must learn some new steps for the traditional Chinese dance showcase—with Max! Lau gleefully channels determined, occasionally snarky, Lily who vivaciously grabs the spotlight.
VERDICT Lau rousingly augments Ma’s engaging lessons in vulnerability and honesty—with parents and friends

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