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"From debut author Van Hoang comes Girl Giant and the Monkey King, a tale packed with magic, adventure, and middle-school woes—perfect for fans of Rick Riordan and Roshani Chokshi.

Eleven-year-old Thom Ngho is keeping a secret: she’s strong. Like suuuuper strong. Freakishly strong. And it’s making it impossible for her to fit in at her new middle school.

In a desperate bi
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: December 1st 2020 by Roaring Brook Press (first published October 6th 2020)
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Rachelle
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this story so much. Van has created an incredibly fun, adventurous, and heartfelt book. I cannot wait for the rest of the world to meet Thom and the trickster Monkey King!
April
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, fantasy, arc
Girl Giant and the Monkey King is a creative and engaging take on the meet-the-gods genre. Thom is not only battling the popular bullies on her soccer team, she also has to hide her growing super strength. When she accidentally frees a demon demigod, she might finally get the chance to remove her curse, or find out it's not a curse after all.

This story is full of well-realized characters and mythology that will be new to many readers. Also there's Kha, who I would have immediately fallen in *sq
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Pam
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an electronic ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group through NetGalley.
An excellent entry in the current world mythologies books. Van Hoang focuses on Vietnamese gods and introduces readers to the various immortals in this culture. Thom doesn't understand why she's so strong and tries to hide it. Not easy to do when one soccer kick not only scores the goal but breaks the back of the net and continues on; she also injures the goalie when it hits her too. Her mom and she have mo
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Tarryn
Thank you Edelweiss for providing me with an ARC of this stellar middle grade novel.

Van Hoang is coming out of the gate strong with her debut novel. It was a delight to get to go on this journey. It was a wonderful mix of Vietnamese mythologies with very realistic portrayals of youthful struggles. Thom may be super strong and have a burgeoning friendship with the mythical Monkey King but she’s also struggling with her own sense of self, fears of not fitting in, of feeling alone and abandoned -
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Linda Klein
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This review is based on an uncorrected advance reader's edition.
A real winner! A Vietnamese girl struggles to hide her burgeoning superpower. Add into the mix the trickster of legend, the Monkey King, who claims to be her friend and will help her with her power. He is a trickster, but Thom starts to trust him and agrees to do him a favor. But an unwelcome dragon tries to thwart the plan. Such good detail, wonderful world building, all wrapped up in a real story of a girl's struggle with fitting
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Soup
Oct 01, 2020 rated it liked it
This one took me awhile to get into, but once the focus moved beyond Thom's ongoing angst about her lack of friends and her soccer-related fears and into the heavy magical/fantasy/mythological content I was hooked. The comparisons to Rick Riordan's various series (and, in particular, his 'Rick Riordan Presents' catalog) are justified, although the work might skew a bit younger than most of his works. Familiarity with the Vietnamese pantheon is unnecessary as Van Hoang does an excellent job of ex ...more
Kylie Baker
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is such a charming and heartfelt story! I'm a slow reader but I devoured this in 2 days. Thom is such a sweet and captivating character that I didn't want to stop reading. I love the concept of the Monkey King as a character and it was executed in such an interesting way, really bringing to life a myth that I grew up with. Overall a really fun read that I plan on giving to the kids in my family when it comes out.
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Ami Schroder
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great new adventure tale! Hand this to fans of Percy Jackson. Warning - this is book 1 so you’re going to have to wait for book 2!
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Van Hoang’s first name is pronounced like the van in minivan. Her last name is pronounced “hah-wawng.” Her favorite hobbies include binge-reading, playing the ukulele, thinking about exercise, and hoarding library cards, fountain pens, and silly hats. She earned her bachelor’s in English at the University of New Mexico and her master’s in library information science at San Jose State University. S ...more

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