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The Gold-Threaded Dress by Carolyn Marsden
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Oy is a Thai immigrant who is just trying to fit in. Her new elementary school is not a great place to accomplish that: the girls are mean and exclusive and the annoying boy, Frankie, keeps calling her Chinese. She doesn't get much support from home, either; her mother doesn't speak English and her father is always working at the restaurant. Oy's mother would not understand Oy's troubles at school and she has never felt more alone. Then one day a picture of Oy in her special celebration dress her grandmother gave her falls out of her backpack and the other children see it. The leader of the mean girls orders Oy to bring it to school so she can and the other girls can try it on. But to do that would go against her traditions. But to not do it will leave her more left out than ever before.

This is an interesting short story about a little girl trying to establish a cultural identity. I liked the idea of the story and most of the writing itself, but it seemed a bit rushed and I think that it wouldn't have hurt to expand it a little. Nevertheless, it does paint a good picture of what it is like for immigrant children trying to adapt to a new life in a strange place.
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