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View from Pagoda Hill by Michaela Maccoll
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Apr 06, 2021 | ISBN 9781629797823

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Honorable Mention, 2021 Grateful American Book Prize
NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book
Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year
Finalist, 2022 Connecticut Book Awards

★ “MacColl tells the heartbreaking story of a young girl immigrating to a new land and adjusting to different customs. Loosely based on the life of the author’s great-great-grandmother, MacColl’s novel will bring tears to readers’ eyes as they travel in Ning’s shoes, seeing the perspective of someone who faces biases and racism on a daily basis. A movingly empathetic tale for readers about prejudice, and the pressure to fit in with scrutinizing societies.” — School Library Journal

“Based on the author’s family history, Ning’s (or Neenah, as she is called in the U.S.) search for acceptance is both heartbreaking and, ultimately, triumphant. MacColl does not shy away from detailing the anti-Chinese sentiment and prejudices that Neenah encounters in upstate New York, and readers will empathize with the decision she must make: does she need to give up her Chinese side completely in order to be accepted? A moving and timely immigrant story.” —Booklist

“In this story based on the author’s family history, a girl struggles to figure out where she belongs.  An intriguing tale.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Author Michaela Maccoll tells the tale of her great-great-grandmother Neenah’s harrowing journey as an immigrant in the 1870s. This text could be used in history lessons to support discussions about immigrant experiences in the late 1800s.” —School Library Connection

“The View from Pagoda Hill is incredible and beautifully crafted. The characters, both in Shanghai and America, are wonderfully drawn; they come alive. You have to love Neenah because Michaela MacColl has given her such a personality. It is a lovely book that brought tears to my eyes.” —Patricia Reilly Giff, two-time Newbery Honor award-winning author

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