* Maya is a typical, although not stereotypical, Asian-American teen: she works at her parents' Thai restaurant, tries to maintain an A average and tutors on the side, hoping to get into Stanford. When she needs $10,000 quick she devises a scheme to do homework for the slacker rich kids and gets help from her straight-A friends. Cheva is a writer for the animated TV series "Family Guy," and her first novel contains a lot of snappy one-liners and funny scenes. There is some swearing but no sex scenes so even middle schoolers can appreciate this somewhat implausible but entertaining story, and the strong Asian American main characters are a big plus for our Bay Area readers. One small glitch is that Maya needs the money to pay a Health Dept. fine given to the restaurant-usually the Health Dept. give you a memo outlining what you need to fix, and only if it is not fixed would you have to pay the fine. But most teens won't mind this lapse of logic, unless they happen to work in a restaurant.