By Victoria Chang (Author)
Frances Chin, a 10-year old Taiwanese-American girl, lives in the suburbs of Detroit with her immigrant parents and older sister, Clara. At school Frances copes with bullies and the loneliness that comes with not quite fitting in. At home, she feels a different kind of aloneness. Her parents are preoccupied with work and worry about Clara, whose hair is inexplicably falling out. But, with the help of her new friend Annie, Frances is determined to play Nancy Drew and solve the mystery of Clara’s condition. She also faces the everyday challenges and unexpected thrills of being a tween, especially when she receives encouragement from a tennis coach. Although she struggles to speak up, Frances’s powerful inner voice resonates in gorgeous imagery and evocative free verse.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
The daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Victoria Chang was born in Detroit and grew up in West Bloomfield, MI. Her poetry has earned such honors as a PEN Center Literary Award, a California Book Award, and a Pushcart Prize. She is the recipient of a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship. In addition to writing, Victoria teaches in Antioch University’s MFA program. She lives in Southern CA with her family.