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Maizy Chen's Last Chance

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2023 Newbery Medal (nominee)
2022 National Book Award for Young People's Literature (shortlist)

Packed with surprises, heart, and stories within stories, this irresistible novel from an award-winning author celebrates food, fortune, and family.

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 (where she and her family are the only Asian Americans) 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. 
 And 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.

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

Genre: Children's Fiction

Praise for this book

"Heartfelt, personal, and real - this book is a gift. Readers will cheer and feel for Maizy as she bonds with her grandparents, discovers the joys and pains of growing up, and learns about her family's Chinese American history." - Tae Keller

"Bursting with humor and heart, Maizy Chen's Last Chance celebrates the power of food, family, understanding our roots, and stepping up to help others when it mattersthe most." - Kate Messner

"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

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