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In Fly on the Wall, a moving and hilarious illustrated novel from the critically-acclaimed author of Pie in the Sky , a twelve-year-old boy goes on a (forbidden) solo journey halfway around the world to prove his independence to his overprotective family.

Henry Khoo's family treats him like a baby. He's not allowed to go anywhere without his sister/chaperone/bodyguard. His
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: May 12th 2020 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Liz Friend
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story: Henry Khoo is tired of being babied by his family and invisible at school--so he secretly starts the “Fly on the Wall” cartoon blog, which spreads gossip about his schoolmates. Right now, he's currently on his way to the airport for an unauthorized trip to see his dad in a foreign country. On the way, he must deal with a former best friend, a lurking nemesis, a seatmate who could double as an encyclopedia, and a comment from the unknown “Frog in the Well”, threatening that Frog is ...more
Audrey
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Meet Henry, a kid who craves independence from his helicoptering Mom and sister. (He’s referred as a helipad ). He plans a grand adventure to visit his father, overseas and, in the process, learns different points of views about things that happened and it gives him a new perspective. He navigates old and new friendships as well as family relationships. And, Henry Incorporates lessons and stories from his beloved grandmother’s (po po) wuxia stories for help guide his journey. The picture and ...more
Erin
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, arc, middle-grade
I absolutely loved this book, and the seamless mix of traditional text and artwork! Henry Khoo and his helicopter family are unforgettable characters and you will root for him all the way. Join Henry on his "greatest adventure everrr" and grow along with him as he navigates relationships with friends and family and learns more about himself. I will be pre-ordering this book for my school library, can't wait to get it into the hands of our students who are sure to love it as well. Thank you to ...more
Karin
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I LOVED this author's debut, and this one was also good (though I personally connected with it less).
Henry Khoo, a Singaporean-Australian kid with a helicopter family plans and executes the greatest adventure everrrr, running off to visit his dad without permission. And at the same time deals with school drama and friend issues via WeChat while en route. Illustrated a la Wimpy Kid, but with so much more rich cultural context.
Gina Loveless
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Remy Lai does it again! She has such an incredible talent for breaking down tough feelings kids (and, really, everyone) experiences. If you want your reader to have empathy, be self-reflective, and learn from their mistakes, BUY THEM THIS BOOK.
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