This Is Just a Test

This Is Just a Test

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David Da-Wei Horowitz has a lot on his plate. Preparing for his upcoming bar mitzvah would be enough work even if it didn't involve trying to please his Jewish and Chinese grandmothers, who argue about everything. But David just wants everyone to be happy. That includes his friend Scott, who is determined to win their upcoming trivia tournament but doesn't like their teammate -- and David's best friend -- Hector. Scott and David begin digging a fallout shelter just in case this Cold War stuff with the Soviets turns south... but David's not so convinced he wants to spend forever in an underground bunker with Scott. Maybe it would be better if Hector and Kelli Ann came with them. But that would mean David has to figure out how to stand up for Hector and talk to Kelli Ann. Some days, surviving nuclear war feels like the least of David's more

Product details

  • Hardback | 243 pages
  • 147 x 208 x 25mm | 318g
  • Scholastic Press
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1338037722
  • 9781338037722
  • 105,123

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Praise for Wendy Wan-Long Shang Praise for The Way Home Looks Now An Amelia Bloomer Project Selection A CCBC Choices Selection A Book Page Best of the Year selection * "[A] fine story of family, loss, growing up and learning to play baseball, raised to a higher level by gracefully incorporated themes of feminism and kindness." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review * "Shang (The Great Wall of Lucy Wu) skillfully balances the different aspects of Peter's life, robustly characterizing his friendships and his time at school and home. Issues of sexism, racism, and struggles with depression are handled deftly in scenarios grounded in reality, including an ending that's hopeful without being pat." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review "Readers will cheer Peter on as his love for his family drives him to persevere at home and on the field. Parallels between home plate and home as place abound as grief completes its work and relationships are restored. Interwoven with cultural ties to both Peter's Chinese heritage and to the women's liberation movement, this touching novel shows the importance of patience -- baseball." -- Booklist Praise for The Great Wall of Lucy Wu Winner of the Asian/Pacific American Library Association Award for Children's Literature "A delightful story about assimilation and family dynamics . . . sure to appeal to young readers struggling with issues of self-identity, whatever their heritage." -- Los Angeles Times "Thought-provoking, funny, and incredibly heartwarming." -- Booklist "A realistic and amusing portrait of family dynamics, heritage, and the challenge of feeling like an outsider." -- Publishers Weekly "Genuinely touching." -- Kirkus Reviews "A unique look at the power of family." -- Discovery Girls Magazineshow more

About Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Wendy Wan-Long Shang is the author of The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, which was awarded the Asian/Pacific American Award for Children's Literature, and The Way Home Looks Now, an Amelia Bloomer Project List selection and a CCBC Choices List selection. She lives with her family in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Madelyn Rosenberg is the author of Dream Boy, co-written with Mary Crockett, and many books for younger readers, including the How to Behave books and Nanny X books. She writes books, articles, and essays for children and adults, and lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC. You can visit her online at more

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83 ratings
4.03 out of 5 stars
5 35% (29)
4 40% (33)
3 20% (17)
2 4% (3)
1 1% (1)
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