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Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream

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Meet Clara Lee.
Likes: her best friends, her grandpa, her little sister (when she's not being annoying, which is almost always), candy necklaces, and the Apple Blossom Festival.

Dislikes: her little sister (when she's being annoying, which is almost always), her mom's yucky fish soup, and bad dreams (even though Grandpa says they mean good luck).

After a bad dream, Clara L
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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Doret
Apr 19, 2011 Doret rated it really liked it
8 yr old Clara Lee wants to be Little Miss Apple Pie for the Apple Blossom Festival. Clara Lee is scared about going for Little Miss Apple pie until her Grandpa interpret her dream, to mean good luck.

The next day everything goes right for Clara Lee. But too soon, good luck is gone. Clara Lee, gets in trouble at the dinner table and into a fight with a very good friend. Another girl who wants to be Little Miss Apple Pie tells Clara Lee she's not American enough to win.

This story was great I am
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Sarah BT
Mar 09, 2011 Sarah BT rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of Jenny Han, especially her first novel, the fantastic tween novel Shug. So when I saw she was heading back to MG territory, I was thrilled!

Clara Lee is a younger tween read, but perfect for young tweens looking for an easy chapter book to read. Clara Lee's voice is fun and she surrounds herself with a memorable cast of characters. Her relationship with her Grandpa is sweet and I loved when Clara Lee would try to spell the words Grandpa was trying to read-too cute. She has an ann
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Clara Lee is a fun, cute, book with wonderful illustrations and a fantastic message about being proud of who you are. Clara Lee lives with her parents, younger sister and Grandpa. She has a great imagination, a best friend and dreams of being the Apple Pie Princess. Like many kids her age, Clara learns how to enjoy the good days she has, and how to hold your head high during the bad days, when kids make fun of you, when you fight with a friend and get in trouble at home. Luckily for Clara she ha ...more
Ardea Smith
Sep 07, 2013 Ardea Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-log
Title / Author / Publication Date: Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream/Jenny Han/2011

Genre: Fiction

Format: Hardcover

Plot summary: Clara Lee knows exactly what she likes: her best friends, her grandpa, kimchi, candy necklaces, and her dream of becoming the next Little Miss Apple Pie.

Clara Lee knows exactly what she doesn't like: when her little sister is being annoying, her mom's fish soup, bad dreams (but Grandpa says they mean good luck), and speaking in front of lots of people (but she'll have t
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Bethany
May 13, 2011 Bethany rated it really liked it
Apparently, I just love Jenny Han. Everything she writes, I love.

It's always hard to explain what it is that makes intermediate novels good, because, well, here's the plot:

Clara Lee is in the third grade. She's Korean-American, and her grandfather interprets dreams. She has one day of incredible good luck after her , and she decides to sign up to be Little Miss Apple Pie, and she really really wants to be Little Miss Apple Pie in the apple festival, but she'll have to give a speech in front of t
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Mandy
Jun 27, 2010 Mandy rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
**I read an ARC of this book where much of the art was not finalized**

This book was short and sweet, about a Korean- American girl named Clara Lee who has dreams of being on the Apple Blossom Festival. She has a dream that her grandfather interprets to mean good luck, which leads her to keeping track of all the good things that happen to her. As the list grows, she gets the courage to sign up for the speech contest that determines who will ride on the float. But as her luck seems to turn, will s
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Katherine Roush
Dec 01, 2015 Katherine Roush rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Genre: Children's fiction, realistic fiction
Format: Print
Plot: Clara Lee, a Korean-American third-grader, desperately wants to be Little Miss Apple Pie. After a good dream, she finds herself brimming with confidence and luck.
Readers advisory:
Review citation: SLJ 2010
Source: Children's Core Collection
Recommended age: 6-8
Liz Padula
Sep 02, 2013 Liz Padula rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: my friends
Recommended to Liz by: my sister
Typed by a 3rd grader for her summer reading project.

Clara Lee and the apple pie dream is about a girl named Clara Lee who is about 9 years old and lives in a small town. She goes to school there and has lots of friends. In the book, there is a contest to be the "little princess". Many people want to be the little princess because the winner gets to be on a the apple pie festival float in a parade. You have to try out and make a speech in front of the whole school the school votes to choose the
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Emily Uebel
Apr 29, 2015 Emily Uebel rated it it was amazing
This is a contemporary realistic fiction book that’s meant for young girl of the four and up. This book is about a young girl named Clara Lee who I am assuming was born in America but is from a Korean family. Her grandparents live with her and her family. Clara very much enjoys her best friend, grandpa, and dreams of being the next Little Miss Apple Pie. However one night she has a bad dream where she and her grandpa dies, which he states that bad dreams are good luck. The next day she has good ...more
Stephanie
May 04, 2014 Stephanie added it
Shelves: contemporary
Jenny Han’s Clara Lee and the Apple Pie dream is a brilliant story about a no-nonsense Korean-American third grader who lives in small town America. One night, Clara Lee has a frightening dream, in which her grandfather dies. She shares this terrible dream with her grandfather, who informs her that it is an actually Good Luck dream. Clara Lee hopes that the good luck will help her become Little Miss Apple Pie in the town’s Apple Blossom Festival. She is having a great day until Dionne Gregory sh ...more
Dolly
May 30, 2011 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
It took us a long time to read this book. We had a slow start and put it down for awhile. But once we got really into the story, we finished it quickly. We liked the various characters and we loved the mixture of Korean culture and the Apple Blossom Festival. The black and white illustrations are very expressive and complement the story nicely. We really enjoyed reading this story and would like to read more about Clara Lee and her family and friends.
Teresa Scherping
Clara Lee dreams of wearing the dress that her Korean grandpa gave her and representing her town as Little Miss Apple Pie. But to win the spot, Clara Lee will have to give a speech in front of the entire school and compete against the older fourth and fifth graders. On top of that, her fellow third grade competitor Dionne insists that SHE deserves to win because HER family is "as American as apple pie." Clara Lee doesn't know - is she as American as apple pie? A good luck dream interpreted by he ...more
Shante' Polite
Title: Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher and Date:

Clara Lee awoke one morning very unsettled. She had dreamed that her grandfather died. After some nudging, he got Clara Lee to tell him about the dream. Then he laughed. In Korean culture, having a dream about someone dying is actually good luck. Clara Lee hoped he was right, because the Little Miss Apple Pie competition was in a few days and Clara Lee wanted to show just how American she is. This is a lightly illustrate
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Ashley Cochran
Clara Lee awoke one morning very unsettled. She had dreamed that her grandfather died. After some nudging, he got Clara Lee to tell him about the dream. Then he laughed. In Korean culture, having a dream about someone dying is actually good luck. Clara Lee hoped he was right, because the Little Miss Apple Pie competition was in a few days and Clara Lee wanted to show just how American she is. This is a lightly illustrated chapter book about a young Korean American girl.
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Dynasty Zayas
Clara Lee awoke one morning very unsettled. She had dreamed that her grandfather died. After some nudging, he got Clara Lee to tell him about the dream. Then he laughed. In Korean culture, having a dream about someone dying is actually good luck. Clara Lee hoped he was right, because the Little Miss Apple Pie competition was in a few days and Clara Lee wanted to show just how American she is. This is a lightly illustrated chapter book about a young Korean American girl.

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Lisa
Jul 08, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it
Third grader Clara Lee wants nothing more than to be crowned Little Miss Apple Pie and ride on a float while wearing the special red dress her grandfather bought her in Korea. Initially she's afraid to make the necessary audition speech, but after she has a scary dream--which her grandfather tells her actually means good luck--it seems like nothing can stop her! She gets a good seat on the bus, a secret friend puts a candy necklace in her desk; surely she's got the tiara in the bag. But then her ...more
Edward Sullivan
Nov 28, 2010 Edward Sullivan rated it really liked it
Fun, appealing story for young independent readers. Would make a good classroom read aloud, too, for 2nd or 3rd grade.
Courtney Williams
Nov 11, 2015 Courtney Williams rated it it was amazing
Clara Lee awoke one morning very unsettled. She had dreamed that her grandfather died. After some nudging, he got Clara Lee to tell him about the dream. Then he laughed. In Korean culture, having a dream about someone dying is actually good luck. Clara Lee hoped he was right, because the Little Miss Apple Pie competition was in a few days and Clara Lee wanted to show just how American she is. This is a lightly illustrated chapter book about a young Korean American girl.

This can be used in the cl
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Kaitlyn Tankersley
Clara Lee awoke one morning very unsettled. She had dreamed that her grandfather died. After some nudging, he got Clara Lee to tell him about the dream, and then he laughed. In Korean culture, having a dream about someone dying is actually good luck. Clara Lee hoped he was right, because the Little Miss Apple Pie competition was in a few days and Clara Lee wanted to show just how American she is. This story would be perfect to read and then ask the students what they believe is lucky. This book ...more
Caitlyn Nicole
Nov 16, 2015 Caitlyn Nicole rated it it was amazing
Han, Jenny. (2011). Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream. New York: Little Brown Publishing.
Setting: Clara Lee's Dream/House
Genre: Contemporary fiction

Clara Lee is an American Chinese girl who believes that she needs Chinese luck to beat an American girl in the pie eating contest. She also dreams that her grandfather is killed by the mustache man. This book provides evidence of the Chinese culture involved in America. I would use this book in a third grade classroom during social studies. This book
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Elissa Schaeffer
Jun 24, 2014 Elissa Schaeffer rated it liked it
Clara Lee really wants to be Little Miss Apple Pie, but she's afraid to give a speech in front of the whole school. Then she has a bad dream involving her grandfather. When she tells him about the dream, he assures her that means good luck is coming her way. And he's right! She gets a good seat on the bus, climbs the rope in P.E., and more so she signs up for Little Miss Apple Pie, knowing good luck is on her side.

This was my first Jenny Han book (although my teen librarian LOVES her!) and I rea
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Shazzer
Apr 09, 2011 Shazzer rated it really liked it
As posted on Outside of a Dog:

As soon as I heard that Jenny Han was releasing a book for early middle grade readers, I did a little dance of joy at my desk. A new Jenny Han book is always going to be a reason to celebrate, but a new Jenny Han book branching out into yet another age group? Super celebration time. Han’s Shug is one of my favorite coming of age books for older middle grade readers, and her YA Summer series (The Summer I Turned Pretty, It’s Not Summer Without You, and the forthcomin
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Madigan McGillicuddy
Jun 16, 2011 Madigan McGillicuddy rated it it was amazing
I loved this sweet story about a third-grade Korean-American girl. Clara Lee goes by her first and last name because, "It just sounds better that way. Like peanut butter and jelly, like trick-or-treat, or fairy and princess, those words just go together. Just like me, Clara Lee." Clara Lee has a lot of personality, and this realistic fiction novel offers a fun look at her family, school and friends. The illustrations keep the story moving along perfectly, and bridge the gap for kids who are just ...more
The Rusty Key
Feb 02, 2011 The Rusty Key rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Rusty Key Writer: Jordan B. Nielsen

Recommended for: Girls, aged 8 and Up. Though surely appealing to everyone, this story will be particularly relatable to Korean-American, Asian-American, or any first-generation American kids with strong cultural backgrounds.

One Word Summary: Splendid.

Sweet without being syrupy, Jenny Han delivers a book for younger readers with the same relatable, honest, unadorned narrative voice found in her works for teens. With seemingly no difficulty at all,
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Allison Parker
Aug 04, 2011 Allison Parker rated it liked it
Clara Lee has a dream. She wants to become Little Miss Apple Pie this year, which means she would ride on a parade float in her town's Apple Blossom Festival, wearing a red dress and a beautiful tiara. When she discovers she's got some Good Luck, she just knows she should sign up to audition. But Georgina, another girl in her third grade class, suggests that perhaps Clara Lee isn't as American as Little Miss Apple Pie, since Clara Lee is Korean American. Maybe Good Luck can't help her win, after ...more
Suebee
Aug 28, 2011 Suebee rated it really liked it
NEW AT THE HILLSIDE LIBRARY: Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han, Pictures by Julia Kuo

Clara Lee is a Korean American girl who lives with her family (which includes Grandpa and Mom and Dad) in a town called Bramley, and Clara Lee looks forward to the town's yearly Apple Pie Festival. Clara Lee is in the third grade, and her sister Emmeline is six.

Rarely does an early chapter book come along that makes me excited to finish it! Well written and delightful, it would be perfect for teac
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Jess
Sep 25, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ivy & Bean or Ruby Lu fans
Recommended to Jess by: New book at work
See, there's this apple festival...

Shug remains one of the most realistic junior high books I've read. Ever since then, I've purchased Jenny Han's stuff for work.

This one's a happy little chapter book. Low stakes (unless you're in 3rd grade and really want to be the apple pie princess, because then those stakes be high), nice details on school life and family life including the gentle annoyances of having a little sister, etc. Han did a great job bringing in some Korean-American touches.

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Tiffany
This book makes you feel good and that anything is possible. The story is about Clara Lee and her dream to be Little Miss Apple Pie. When she has a bad dream, her Grandpa tells her it actually means good luck! In this spirit, Clara is able to gather her courage to pursue the things she dreams about. The theme is about growing and taking the leap of faith in order to make anything come true. Sweet story that girls around 9 years old and above will love and enjoy!
Olivia
Apr 01, 2015 Olivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very sweet chapter book about a 3rd grade girl who wants to be Little Miss Apple Pie and ride on her town's festival float. Deals with friendships and touches on racial and cultural issues (Clara is Korean American, her main competition for the contest is a descendant of the town's founding fathers) without being preachy (except for the Sunday school references, ha ha) or heavy handed.
Salsabrarian
Clara Lee's streak of good luck inspires her to try out for the coveted Little Miss Apple Pie, even though a classmate hints Clara Lee's Korean family hasn't lived in Bramley long enough for Clara Lee to win. Clara Lee is full of perk and gumption, overcoming any tiny doubts she might have. The bold, black and white illustrations are attractive and expressive.
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