“Friendship, family, dancing” - This book smashes together Glasgow and Chinese culture - Kirsten Barrett (Waterstones)
Twelve-year-old Lizzie Chu lives with her grandad, Wai Gong, in Glasgow – and she’s noticed him acting a little strange recently. Wai Gong is becoming forgetful, and he talks a lot to his statue of Guan Yin, the Chinese goddess of compassion, kindness and mercy. Lizzie decides to take him on a trip to the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, a place Wai Gong has always wanted to visit – but just how is she going to get him there? This book, Keep Dancing, Lizzie Chu, is a fantastic inter-generational story from Maisie Chan!
Maisie Chan is a British Chinese children's author whose debut novel Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths (also known as Danny Chung Sums It Up in Canada and the US) won the Jhalak Children’s and YA Prize 2022. She and her editor, Georgia Murray, also won the 2022 Branford Boase Award for Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths. Maisie runs the Bubble Tea Writers Network to encourage and support writers of East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) descent in the UK – such a positive and inspiring initiative.
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On her website, Maisie says:
I like trying new things to see if I can do it!’ – I hope that Maisie keeps on trying new things, because what a wonderful impact she’s had on the world so far!