April Chen is happily planning to go away to college, and she has a great new boyfriend, Steve. But as the only girl in her family, April is expected to take care of her grandmother. And Grandma, "the Dragon Lady," hates Steve and has other plans for April. Torn between her duty to her family and her desire for independence, April realizes she must find a way to define herself on her own terms.
"April's decisions exemplify her desire to succeed and to be accepted by both cultures; compromise may be essential, but her goals are clear. Sparked by Namioka's own experiences as an Asian-American, April's first-person narrative rings true with uncertainty, joy, and hope." -- School Library Journal
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"Not Chinese enough for her strict grandmother, April, 16, is trying to forge an identity for herself in contemporary American society. A "Dragon Lady" with traditional beliefs, the elderly woman is shocked at her granddaughter's modern values and horrified by her Caucasian boyfriend. Also, an interest in geology has led April to apply to a distant mining college, an educational goal unheard of in traditional Chinese society. Caught in a clash of cultures, April isn't sure which world she belongs in, and fears her future has been jeopardized by the interference of ancient values. The dilemma of wanting to be respectful of family while pursuing independence is a universal one." -- School Library Journal