Unidentified Suburban Object by Mike JungI was lucky enough to get my paws on an advance copy of my friend and agency-sibling Mike Jung‘s new middle-grade novel, Unidentified Suburban Objecta few months back. It comes out on April 26, but here’s your chance to read it early, because I am giving my ARC away this week! Details about entering are below.

This delightful, category-defying book has already received rave reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly (and from me!). Here’s the blurb:

The next person who compares Chloe Cho with famous violinist Abigail Yang is going to HEAR it. Chloe has just about had it with people not knowing the difference between someone who’s Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. She’s had it with people thinking that everything she does well — getting good grades, winning first chair in the orchestra, etCETera — are because she’s ASIAN.

Of course, her own parents don’t want to have anything to DO with their Korean background. Any time Chloe asks them a question they change the subject. They seem perfectly happy to be the only Asian family in town. It’s only when Chloe’s with her best friend, Shelly, that she doesn’t feel like a total alien.

Then a new teacher comes to town: Ms. Lee. She’s Korean American, and for the first time Chloe has a person to talk to who seems to understand completely. For Ms. Lee’s class, Chloe finally gets to explore her family history. But what she unearths is light-years away from what she expected.

And here’s my own review on Goodreads.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Is any middle-grade author better at pulling off the jaw-dropping plot twist than Mike Jung? I didn’t think I’d ever read another twist as clever as the one in GEEKS, GIRLS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES, but that was before I’d picked up his latest. Add to that a stellar narrative voice and conversation-starting themes, and UNIDENTIFIED SUBURBAN OBJECT is a true winner.

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GIVEAWAY ALERT! You can enter to win an ARC of Unidentified Suburban Object by leaving a comment on this post. You can also earn up to two extra entries by posting about this giveaway on Twitter and/or Facebook. (Please mention or link your follows and extra posts in your comment to get credit for them.)

Sample Tweet:
Win an ARC of @Mike_Jung’s excellent new MG novel, UNIDENTIFIED SUBURBAN OBJECT! #giveaway

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I‘ll announce a winner at 9 am Mountain Time this Friday, 4/1. 

(Oh, and if one giveaway isn’t enough for you, there are also currently giveaways for signed copies of my books The Stars of Summer and Stars So Sweet up on Goodreads. Click the titles to enter, and good luck!)


This Friday at Second Star to the Right!

Second StarGreetings, friends!

If you’re in the Denver area, I invite you to come out this Friday, April 1, to see me and Jeannie Mobley at Second Star to the Right Children’s Books on Tennyson street. We will be reading from our middle-grade books, answering questions, and doing a craft starting at 6:30 pm.

Second Star has also posted an interview with both of us on their blog.

This event is part of the Tennyson Street Cultural District First Friday Art Walk, meaning that lots of artsy shops, galleries, and restaurants in the area will be open late and having special programming. It’s a fun time for kids and adults alike.

Hope to see you there!