New from Here

Author(s) Kelly Yang
Age Group 8-12
Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN 978-1534488304
Year 2022
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When the coronavirus hits Hong Kong, ten-year-old Knox Wei-Evans’s mom makes the last-minute decision to move him and his siblings back to California, where they think they will be safe. Suddenly, Knox has two days to prepare for an international move—and for leaving his dad, who has to stay for work. At his new school in California, Knox struggles with being the new kid. His classmates think that because he’s from Asia, he must have brought over the virus. At home, Mom just got fired and is panicking over the loss of health insurance, and Dad doesn’t even know when he’ll see them again, since the flights have been cancelled. And everyone struggles with Knox’s blurting-things-out problem. As racism skyrockets during the COVID-19 pandemic, Knox tries to stand up to hate, while finding his place in his new country. 

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