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In this beautiful novel in verse, a Chinese-American girl contends with school bullies, tries to solve the mystery of her sister's strange illness, and finds strength and validation at the local tennis court.

Frances Chin, a 10-year old Chinese-American girl, lives in the suburbs of Detroit with her immigrant parents and older sister, Clara. At school Frances copes with b
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Sterling Children's Books
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Suzanne thebookblondie
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love, Love by Victoria Chang (#26 in 2020) 

Thank you to @sterlingkids for this advanced copy and to@dreamcatcherlax for sharing!
PUB DATE: 4/7/2020 

Frances is a 10 year old, Chinese-American girl. Her sister,Clara, 11 years old, is mysteriously losing her hair. Amidst bullying and the battle of being different, Frances tries to solve the mystery of her sister’s illness, all while learning a little bit more about herself. 

For parents/teachers: Love, Love is a book of poetic verse.Each poem feeds
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Kat
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it
The story itself is interesting, but I wasn’t a fan of the verse...the way some lines flowed made it difficult to read
THS Library
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Frances Chin doesn’t fit in. She is the youngest in her class and can never quite match up to her older sister, Clara, in the eyes of her parents. Frances doesn’t feel smart enough, American enough, pretty enough, or have enough friends. According to her Chinese immigrant parents, she doesn’t speak enough, doesn’t work hard enough, and is trying too hard to be American. When Love, Love begins, Frances is just trying to survive school and stay under the radar so that she doesn’t
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Ailyn
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Wrapped up April and National Poetry Month with an e-ARC I received! Love, Love by Victoria Chang tells the story of Frances Chin, a 10-year old Chinese-American who lives in Detroit with her immigrant parents and her older sister, Clara.

Told in verse from Frances’s point of view, she writes about her family, her relationships in school, and finding an outlet through tennis. A big part of the story centers around Clara’s hair falling out, and Frances and her parents’ attempts to figure out what
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A Middle Grader Reviews
Lovely, lovely!

Some people like graphic novels when they feel the need for something quick and easy on the eyes. Instead, I read verse novels. Blank space, even when it speaks as much as the words themselves, can be refreshing. Verse novels and graphic novels are a very different format, though. The art you see as you flip through a graphic novel is quickly identifiable by the reader as something they appreciate or not. But reading a few poems in a verse novel hardly tells you what to expect, as
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Sheridan
Apr 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Communication is key, people!
I don't have time to do a full review, but I really enjoyed this novel in verse about a young girl's search for acceptance, connection, and her own place within her Chinese-American family. Very relatable and realistic! I learned something new, too, which is always lovely. Would book talk this to all three of my grades (6-8) and think they would each find something different of value in it. Borrowed from the public library to test out for Nat'l poetry Month, will de
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C Grannell
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-20
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May-Ling
probably 3.5 for middle grade, high school kids or others that need to read a book like this

bullying, loneliness and being othered as a chinese-american are all chronicled in this novel told in verse. there's something about being a sibling as an asian american that feels tough. you can't always talk to one another growing up and whether it's intentional or not, parents tend to 'measure' you up based on achievement. chang places the difficulty on that pressure on display in this book, where two
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Elissa
I felt kind of ehhh about this book. Maybe I wasn't in the mood for it because it was very melancholy in voice (obviously the main character was facing a lot of things--racism, bullying, her mom was hard on her, etc.). I was also kind of confused as to where it was going until very late in the book when it was revealed that her sister had trichotillomania, which made a lot of sense. Just wish there was a little more substance before we got to that part. And while I liked that it was set in Michi ...more
LS Johnson
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great book in verse. I'm always amazed that so few words and so much white space can elicit such strong emotion and convey such a strong message. My only disappointment is the apparent unresolved disagreement between Annie and Frances. Honestly, I don't even know what caused their falling out; one day they have a great time in the school library and the next Annie doesn't show up and never comes again and stops talking to Frances. I really wish I knew what I missed. But I still enjoyed ...more
Susan  Dunn
Apr 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: j-fiction, own-voices
A novel in verse about a Chinese-American girl living in Detroit. 11-year-old Frances is quiet and has difficulty standing up for herself. Most of her parent's attention is taken up by her older sister, Clara. Clara has a condition that makes her hair fall out. It's gotten so bad that she has to wear a wig to school. Both girls are bullied, and none of the adults in their lives seem to be able to do anything about it. When Clara discovers tennis, she begins to come out of her shell. ...more
Brenda Kahn
This is a slim, quick, intense read about an unusual topic for children's lit. Alopecia. Had a quibble about the timeline, tennis in January? I do realize in this age of year round sports, that might be a possibility. One poem seemed to have the mc playing outside in the sunshine, then a slightly later poems the mc was shivering in the van waiting for her parents. Also, finding a book about hair in the school library in the "H" section? Try the 600s in the teens, like 616. ...more
Ben Niespodziany
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was my first time reading Victoria Chang outside of her "adult" poetry collections and my first time reading a young adult novel-in-verse in over a decade. I was floored by the heart, by the empathy, by the hair dreams (my favorites), by the journal entries, by the ups and downs of childhood. I felt deeply for our main character (she's a sleuth, not a snoop!) and our main character's sister (the final restaurant scene is really touching) and loved the rhythm throughout. ...more
Anna
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grade, verse
This had a lot of potential, but there were too many faults (there's a tennis pun for ya). I didn't see believable growth or development in the characters, and the verse format actually detracted from the story for me. I enjoy verse and tennis and middle grade, and the writing style just didn't work due to the choppy line breaks and spacing. I wonder if it would have had more success as a short story. ...more
Terry
Be patient with Frances! It took about 40 pages for Frances' narration to create a picture of how she sees the world. She shares her emotions in ways that are palpable: loneliness, sadness, worry, joy, and happiness. See why we think this book is for older audiences, not for 8- and 9-year-olds. ...more
Mary
Sep 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile
It was an ok quick read. Not sure that the verse format was executed in the best way and the ending was not all that satisfying. It did tackle a topic that is probably unknown to most kids, so points for that. Still, not a bad story.
Tara Mickela
Sometimes silence is the only way families know how to communicate. These two sisters want so much to share their sadness and struggles. Nice to see these common family/sibling/friendship/teen struggles put into perspective.
Caroline
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully-written middle grade novel in verse about a girl whose older sister seems to be ill. The book handles issues around friendship, bullying, sisterhood, and being an outsider/immigrant really delicately.
Ellie Macfarlane
Jan 22, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5
Aprilj328
Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Story in verse --suburbs of Detroit--MG Siblings; Family; Bullying; Trichotillomania
Erin
Dec 15, 2020 marked it as tried-to-read
Suffered from pandemic circumstances.
Ms. Yingling
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus
Did not meet the needs of my collection at this time.
Kelly
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Frances experiences many of the same issues that most kids do and many that most kids never will. A great combination for being relatable yet informative!
Mary
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really well-written novel in verse about family, friendship, and secrets. Really enjoyed it. #ARC
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Victoria Chang's new book of poems, OBIT, was published in 2020 by Copper Canyon Press. It was named a New York Times Notable Book, as well as a TIME, NPR, Publisher's Weekly, Book of the Year. Her middle grade novel, Love, Love, was published in 2020 by Sterling Books. Other books are Barbie Chang, The Boss, Salvinia Molesta, and Circle.

She has also published a picture book, "Is Mommy?", illustra
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