Lily Lo and the Wonton Maker
Lily Lo and the Wonton Maker

Nine-year-old Lily Lo and her best friend Rosana are determined to win the big soccer match. But Lily's grandpa, Gung Gung, won't cheer or do "the wave" like the other parents and grandparents. Instead, he clips coupons in the bleachers. Lily's frustration with the cultural divide leads to problems not just with her family, but clashes with her friends and teammates, too. Strangely, an old family recipe for wonton dumplings may be just the answer that brings luck and harmony to them all.

Book Details


  • Juvenile Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12

From the Publisher

This book is best suited for ages 7-9.

Kirkus said, "Delicious wonton soup brings together a Chinese-American girl, her grandfather, and the community in this middle-grade novel… A well-told, thoughtful, amusing story of maturing perspective.”

Newbery and Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Rita Williams-Garcia said, "I was forewarned that an early draft of this novel would make my mouth water for steamed dumplings. Years later, LILY LO makes my soul yearn for more Frances Lee Hall. Hall achieves an emotional taste palate of a girl's heart with the range of the salty and sweet lessons learned in between. Like her creator, Lily Lo is a forever friend."

All proceeds from the book go to the education fund for Frances' and Lance's daughter, Emmie.

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