Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream
Author: Jenny Han
Illustrator: Julia Kuo
Ages 8-12 / $14.99
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Jenny Han, the acclaimed author of Shug, The Summer I Turned Pretty, and It’s Not Summer Without You, presents her newest book for children, Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream, together with illustrations by Julia Kuo.
Meet Clara Lee, a delightful new character from talented author Jenny Han. In her chapter book debut, complete with charming illustrations by Julia Kuo, Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream is a story of friends, family, and chasing good luck that is perfect for young fans of Clementine and Judy Moody.
Clara Lee is an “All-American-Korean-American” third grader who knows exactly what she likes: her best friends, kimchi, her grandpa, candy necklaces, and her dream of becoming the town’s next Little Miss Apple Pie.
Clara Lee also knows what she doesn’t like: when her little sister is being annoying, her mom’s fish soup, bad dreams (but her grandpa says they mean good luck), and speaking in front of lots of people (but she’ll have to do it fur the Little Miss Apple Pie contest).
After a bad dream, Clara has so much good luck that she’s sure she will win Little Miss Apple Pie. But when her luck seems to change and she upsets her friends and family, she doesn’t know how to make it change back!
Clara Lee is sure to win the hearts of readers everywhere, as Booklist declares that “a realistic group of characters, both adults and children, and true-to-life situations will make this illustrated chapter book a favorite.”
Jenny Han is originally from Richmond, Virginia, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her online at www.dearjennyhon.com.
Julia Kuo studied illustration at Washington University. She has worked for American Greetings and now divides her time between Cleveland, Ohio and Taipei, Taiwan. Visit her online at www.juliakuo.com.