Not Your All-American Girl

Not Your All-American Girl❴Reading❵ ➷ Not Your All-American Girl Author Wendy Wan-Long Shang – Heartforum.co.uk A multicultural story full of heart and hilarity about what it means to be all AmericanLauren and her best friend, Tara, have always done absolutely everything together So when they don t have any cla A multicultural story full of heart and hilarity about what it means to be all AmericanLauren and her best friend, Tara, have always done absolutely everything together So when they don t have any classes together in sixth grade, it s disastrous The solution Trying out for the school play Lauren, who loves to sing, wonders if maybe, just maybe, she will be the star instead of Tara this timeBut when the show Not Your PDF or is cast, Lauren lands in the ensemble, while Tara scores the lead role Their teacher explains Lauren just doesn t look the part of the all American girl What audience would believe that she, half Jewish, half Chinese Lauren, was the everygirl star from Pleasant Valley, USA From amidst the ensemble, Lauren tries to support her best friend But when she can t bring herself to sing any, her spot in the play and her friendship are in jeopardy With the help of a button making business, the music of Patsy Cline, and her two bickering grandmothers, can Lauren find her voice again Acclaimed coauthors Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan Long Shang return to the s world of Sydney Taylor Honor Book This Is Just a Test with this laugh out loud coming of age story.

My parents, who grew up in China, had no favorite books from their childhood to share with me, which left me to my own devices in the library When I mentioned this to a friend, she was a bit stunned, and I understood this reaction I certainly never felt deprived as a child, but as a parent, it s hard to imagine not having that linkMy own book is about finding the stories Not Your PDF or we discover about our families and how we are changed by them I hope my book inspires its readers to find the powerful stories, both great and small, in their own families.

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  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Not Your All-American Girl
  • Wendy Wan-Long Shang
  • English
  • 11 February 2017
  • 1338037765

10 thoughts on “Not Your All-American Girl

  1. Darla says:

    Five hula hooping stars to this companion novel to This Is Just a Test This time little sister Rachel is the star of the story She and her BFF Tara have decided to try out for the school musical, Shake It Up, an all American tale featuring hula hooping and Elvis Presley Rachel s audition is stellar, but the director does not even give her a callback for the lead Tara does even though her audition was good but not great When the director explains to Rachel and Tara the reasons behind her Five hula hooping stars to this companion novel to This Is Just a Test This time little sister Rachel is the star of the story She and her BFF Tara have decided to try out for the school musical, Shake It Up, an all American tale featuring hula hooping and Elvis Presley Rachel s audition is stellar, but the director does not even give her a callback for the lead Tara does even though her audition was good but not great When the director explains to Rachel and Tara the reasons behind her decision we begin to see the racism lurking under the surface Until then, Rachel and Tara have been the Royal we, but the play will begin to put a strain on their friendship With the help of her Chinese and Jewish grandmothers their dialogue is hilarious as well as big brother David and his best friend Hector Rachel learnsabout loving her heritage and being a good friend The hula hooping scenes are also brilliant Loved the scene where the school custodian showed off his skills and had four hoops going at the same time Highly recommended Thank you to Scholastic Press and Edelweiss for a DRC in exchange for an honest review

  2. TheNextGenLibrarian says:

    This MG book struck a huge chord for me when reading it today because even though this novel is set in the 1980s, it could easily have happened today Lauren Horowitz is a Chinese Jewish girl with an incredible voice, but when her brown hair blue eyed BFF is chosen for the lead in the school musical over her, Lauren is told it s because she s not All American looking enough for the part Microaggressions plague Lauren throughout the book, causing her to stand up for herself and realize who her t This MG book struck a huge chord for me when reading it today because even though this novel is set in the 1980s, it could easily have happened today Lauren Horowitz is a Chinese Jewish girl with an incredible voice, but when her brown hair blue eyed BFF is chosen for the lead in the school musical over her, Lauren is told it s because she s not All American looking enough for the part Microaggressions plague Lauren throughout the book, causing her to stand up for herself and realize who her true friends are Comments made towards Lauren in the book still happen today, 40 years later It s not okay and I think novels like this will help people realize how hurtful their comments can be I loved this book Thank you Edelweiss for providing an ARC to this follow up of This Is Just A Test You don t have to read the first one to enjoy this one

  3. Bonnie Grover says:

    The thing about questions is, at some point you have to start thinking about the answers In this fun MG novel friendships are questioned, social hierarchies and race relations are examined and Lauren has to decide where she fits in What happens when her drama teacher explains that she doesn t fit the part of the all American girl What audience could possibly see a half Jewish, half Chinese girl as a girl from Pleasant Valley, USA With the help of her two bickering grandmothers, family, clo The thing about questions is, at some point you have to start thinking about the answers In this fun MG novel friendships are questioned, social hierarchies and race relations are examined and Lauren has to decide where she fits in What happens when her drama teacher explains that she doesn t fit the part of the all American girl What audience could possibly see a half Jewish, half Chinese girl as a girl from Pleasant Valley, USA With the help of her two bickering grandmothers, family, close friends and Patsy Cline, Lauren finds her voice and learns what it means to be all American

  4. Brianna says:

    ARC for litreviewcrew I loved this book and I think middle grade readers will too It deals with racism and finding your identity in a unique way The characters are dynamic and relatable, even as they fit into the typical tropes associated with this genre Available in July

  5. Yasmeena says:

    AHHHHHHHHH YESSSSSSSSS

  6. Ms. Yingling says:

    E ARC provided by EdelweissPlusN.B This is a sequel to This is Just a Test, but can be read as a stand alone.In the 1980s Lauren, whose brother David just had his bar mitzvah, loves to sing, and is super excited to try out for her school s production of Shake It Up, a musical written by their driector, Mrs Tyndall, set in the 1950s and sounding similar to Bye Bye Birdie Lauren hopes to get the lead role of Brenda Sue, and thinks her audition goes much better than her best friend Tara s Becau E ARC provided by EdelweissPlusN.B This is a sequel to This is Just a Test, but can be read as a stand alone.In the 1980s Lauren, whose brother David just had his bar mitzvah, loves to sing, and is super excited to try out for her school s production of Shake It Up, a musical written by their driector, Mrs Tyndall, set in the 1950s and sounding similar to Bye Bye Birdie Lauren hopes to get the lead role of Brenda Sue, and thinks her audition goes much better than her best friend Tara s Because Tara looks like the typical all American girl , however, she gets the part, and Mrs Tyndall explains that it is because as actors, they don t want to take the audience out of the play but want the characters to be easy to believe Lauren is not happy with Tara anyway everything seems easier for her, right down to her all important designer jeans that her parents provide for her but which Lauren has to fund by herself Lauren doesn t tell her mother who is thinking about going to law school , father, or grandmothers about this, but does take solace in the music of Patsy Klein After hearing a song on the radio, Lauren calls in to ask about the singer and figures that she has found a Jewish country singer Both of her grandmothers are supportive of her endeavors, and even David starts to spend time hanging around rehearsals, eventually becoming the hula hoop wrangler when Mrs Tyndall doesn t want the actors to fool around with them Lauren starts to realize that there are a lot of prejudices that she has to deal with every day, and it s important to speak up, even when it is uncomfortable for her Will she and Tara be able to come to an understanding, and will Lauren be able to speak up when she experiences microaggressions Strengths While I know that most tween readers won t pick up on this, my absolute favorite part of this book is the grandmothers I love how they are friends who hang out and watch Star Search together despite the differences in their cultural backgrounds They also have a bit of a rivalry when it comes to cooking and doing nice things for Lauren Also, teaching the cat to use the commode Brilliant The play is nicely handled, and I enjoyed that David had a small part Details of daily life in the 1980s, as well as some important history, is delivered well against this background Weaknesses While I knew that this was set in the 1980s loved the description of how to put in a banana clip , it would have helped my students if this were specifically mentioned very early on There are lots of excellent clues, but many readers don t pick up on them What I really think This is a great story that is a lot of fun to read but also includes some very serious discussion about race relations, pointing out that these have been going on for a very long time Definitely purchasing, since This is Just a Test has done very well in my library, and the cover on this is very appealing

  7. Rebekah says:

    She said Tara looks like she s from Pleasant Valley She meant You look like you re from someplace else Someplace that isn t Pleasant Valley Someplace that isn t even in the United States.4.5 stars Sometimes when I read middle grade books, I say that I would have really loved the book if I was younger, and that it would have been great for me to read it when I was actually the age of the target audience This is a rare exception where this book has resonated with me even in my twenties LauShe said Tara looks like she s from Pleasant Valley She meant You look like you re from someplace else Someplace that isn t Pleasant Valley Someplace that isn t even in the United States.4.5 stars Sometimes when I read middle grade books, I say that I would have really loved the book if I was younger, and that it would have been great for me to read it when I was actually the age of the target audience This is a rare exception where this book has resonated with me even in my twenties Lauren is an all American girl even if she, being half Chinese and half Jewish doesn t look it She loves to sing, so she and her best friend Tara try out for their school s musical Although everyone agrees Lauren had by far the best audition, she is relegated to a role in the ensemble and Tara gets the lead role because according to the director, Mrs Tyndall, Tara looks like an all American girl, and Lauren simply doesn t, and it wouldn t be believable for the audience to see Lauren in the lead role Lauren is disheartened, especially because she knows she is a better singer than Tara, and for once she was hoping to take the lead in something because Tara seems to get everything, leaving Lauren to feel like a side dish Lauren begins to struggle with her love of singing and starts to feel like singing isn t for her, because her trivia loving brother can t think of any musicals with Asian female main characters, and because she keeps hearing that she doesn t look the part of a star She also struggles with her feelings towards Tara, between being best friends but also hating her for having everything handed to her, and feeling like Tara doesn t really care about her any Lauren starts trying to carve out her own sense of self while also bonding with the other kids in the ensemble.I really related to this book a lot as a Korean and Jewish theatre kid Luckily, I was always in places that prioritized skill or at least seniority over looks, so in some cases I actually had lines describing white and blonde characters changed to reflect my Asian ness and my black hair and also it was the 2010s, not the 1980s But I really understood Lauren s difficulties finding a musical where we re represented as the leads and not in a racist way and honestly, that s still a struggle Even I gave up acting in college because of the feeling that there was never going to be enough work for an Asian actress in theatre Statistics about the race of actors on Broadway confirm this I also understood a lot of the pain Lauren experienced dealing with friends who begin to show their racism in subtle ways The most hurtful scene in the book is after the girls in the musical go see Sixteen Candles in the theater and Lauren is deeply upset at the way Long Duk Dong is treated and how everyone laughs at him After the movie, a child, emboldened by the racist caricature, screams Donger at Lauren and Lauren confronts the child and his racist father who both claim the kid was making a joke Even Lauren s cast friends try to tell her it was a joke, except for Hallelujah one of four black girls in their school, as she describes herself who tells them plainly that she knew it wasn t a joke from the look on the kid s face, because she could recognize it too I loved this scene because it took a moment that really caused me great pain as a reader because I ve been in Lauren s shoes before, and I really appreciated Shang and Rosenberg showing this moment because it was very real for me and I think other people don t always fully understand how harmful it is to only see yourself in racist caricature and turned it into a moment that gave me great comfort the solidarity between Hallelujah and Lauren, and the knowledge that they both know what happened was not a joke but an act of racism and in no way did this moment feel preachy or pandering I don t think many adult books can carry off a scene like that so well Something else I really liked about thus book was the relationships between characters, and that conflicts between them were resolved through talking Lauren is distressed at the prospect of her mother going to law school to because already her job as a paralegal takes her away from the family home and Lauren feels like her mom isn t there for her enough But later, after the movie theater incident, Lauren s mom explains that she wants to be a lawyer because of Lauren and her brother, and they talk about the murder of Vincent Chin, and the fact that there was no justice for him Lauren then understands her mother better and begins to support her decision to pursue law school Lauren and Tara s relationship is also on the rocks, but eventually they too have a heart to heart about why Lauren has felt like Tara has been abandoning her and valuing their relationship less Tara in turn tells Lauren that she has always admired her something Lauren didn t know They rebuild their friendship with a better understanding of one another, overcoming their hardships, and even deciding to secretly change the musical s ending number to give the ensemble the spotlight and small solos My favorite dynamic though was between Wai Po and Safta, Lauren s grandmothers, who snip at each other but support and love their family and Lauren very much They re best friend goals if you ask me.I felt like the ending seemed a little sudden, and I think that the 80s references to set the time period were a little too weak at first I realized that this wasn t contemporary soon enough, but I m not sure if a younger reader who by now probably knows very little about the 80s would pick up on it immediately The cultural references to set the time period only work if you actually know they re there, after all Even so, a fantastic book

  8. Yapha says:

    This follow up novel to This Is Just a Test focuses on Lauren Horowitz, David s sister Lauren is an amazing singer as we learned in the first book and is excited to try out for the middle school musical with her best friend Tara Lauren nails the audition, but Tara is given the role because the music teacher doesn t think Lauren, who is half Chinese, half Jewish, looks the part Instead, Tara with her blue eyes, reddish brown hair, and mediocre singing ability gets it This reminded me a lot This follow up novel to This Is Just a Test focuses on Lauren Horowitz, David s sister Lauren is an amazing singer as we learned in the first book and is excited to try out for the middle school musical with her best friend Tara Lauren nails the audition, but Tara is given the role because the music teacher doesn t think Lauren, who is half Chinese, half Jewish, looks the part Instead, Tara with her blue eyes, reddish brown hair, and mediocre singing ability gets it This reminded me a lot of the story Grace Lin tells of wanting to be Dorothy in her elementary school production of The Wizard of Oz, but couldn t because of how she looked As Lauren works through microaggressions, outright racism, and the loss of her best friend, she learnsabout her internal strength, being true to herself, and her own role as a leader Highly recommended for grades 4 up.eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss

  9. Carli says:

    5 Set in the 1980s, sixth grader Lauren is super bummed that she only has one class with her best friend Tara To make things worse, Tara gets the lead in the school musical, while Lauren barely gets a second glance from the director When she asks why, the director tells her that she, a half Chinese and half Jewish teen, just doesn t look like the All American girl As Lauren struggles to see her friend in the role she wanted, her well meaning and hilarious but completely misguide 5 Set in the 1980s, sixth grader Lauren is super bummed that she only has one class with her best friend Tara To make things worse, Tara gets the lead in the school musical, while Lauren barely gets a second glance from the director When she asks why, the director tells her that she, a half Chinese and half Jewish teen, just doesn t look like the All American girl As Lauren struggles to see her friend in the role she wanted, her well meaning and hilarious but completely misguided grandmothers try to help her find other places to sing, her mom announces she is going to law school, and her brother isn t any real help to her the way she wants him to be Hand this to fans of plucky heroines I particularly enjoyed the narrator s portrayal of Lauren s grandmothers Recommended for grades 4 7

  10. Andrew says:

    Lauren s passion and talent for singing is ever growing, and she aces the audition for the sixth grade musical So why does her best friend, Tara, get the starring role instead The director says that Lauren doesn t fit the image of the All American Girl , a racist dig at her Chinese and Jewish heritage Lauren is just as American as everybody else at school, and with the encouragement of her friends and family, she can prove that she s got the gumption to make it to the top This book is also Lauren s passion and talent for singing is ever growing, and she aces the audition for the sixth grade musical So why does her best friend, Tara, get the starring role instead The director says that Lauren doesn t fit the image of the All American Girl , a racist dig at her Chinese and Jewish heritage Lauren is just as American as everybody else at school, and with the encouragement of her friends and family, she can prove that she s got the gumption to make it to the top This book is also a charming throwback to 1984, and I fell in love both of Lauren s grandmothers they re wonderfully eccentric and sweet Lauren herself made me laugh out loud, too An exceptional novel

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