Parachute Kids: A Graphic Novel (Paperback)

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From New York Times bestselling comic artist Betty C. Tang comes an extraordinary story filled with humor and heart about three kids living on their own as undocumented new immigrants, inspired by the author's childhood experiences as a parachute kid.

Ten-year-old Feng Li Lin is so excited for her family’s first trip to the United States! Their amazing whirlwind tour of Los Angeles—including Disneyland and meeting Mickey Mouse!—is sure to make her the envy of her friends back home. But after an action-packed two weeks, she and her siblings—16-year-old sister Jia Xi and 14-year-old brother Ke Gang—learn that they will remain indefinitely in California while first their father and then their mother returns to Taiwan. Suddenly Feng Li and her siblings are thrust into an alien world where even the local Chinese restaurant tastes nothing like home and the fear of being discovered by Immigration become a daily reality. As they navigate a new school, new names, a new language, and making new friends, they also contend with bullies and racism, the pressures of running a household, and the challenges of getting along with one another. But there are funny times too, as well as the generosity of neighbors and the kindness of new friends. With humor and insight, Parachute Kids digs deep into the hardships and psychological challenges of being left to fend for yourself in an unfamiliar place, while celebrating the comical moments and the incredible strength and courage it takes to make a life on your own.

About the Author

Betty C. Tang is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of the Jacky Ha-Ha series of graphic novels by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. She has worked for various Hollywood animation studios including Disney TV and Dreamworks Animation, and codirected an animated feature called Where’s the Dragon? Betty is also a fourth degree black belt in aikido, a Japanese martial art. Born in Taiwan, Betty immigrated to California as a Parachute Kid when she was ten. She lives in Los Angeles. Learn more about her work at bettyctang.com.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781338832686
ISBN-10: 1338832689
Publisher: Graphix
Publication Date: April 4th, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English