The Way Home Looks Now

by Wendy Wan-Long Shang (Author)

The Way Home Looks Now
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

From the award-winning author of THE GREAT WALL OF LUCY WU comes a beautifully written and poignant story of family and loss, healing and friendship, and the great American pastime, baseball.

Twelve-year-old Chinese American Peter Lee and his family always shared a passion for baseball, bonding over backlot games and the Pittsburgh Pirates. But when a devastating tragedy strikes, the family flies apart and Peter's mom becomes paralyzed by grief, drifting further and further from her family. Hoping to lift his mother's spirits, Peter decides to try out for Little League.

But his plans become suddenly complicated when his strict and serious father volunteers to coach the team. His dad's unconventional teaching methods rub some of Peter's teammates the wrong way, and Peter starts to wonder if playing baseball again was the right idea -- and if it can even help his family feel less broken. Can the game they all love eventually bring them back together, safe at home?

Acclaimed author Wendy Wan-Long Shang brings her signature warmth, gentle humor, and wisdom to this poignant story of healing and loss, family, and the great American pastime, baseball.


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Kirkus

Starred Review
[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*

Publisher's Weekly

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

ALA/Booklist

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

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Praise for The Way Home Looks Now: A CCBC Choices selectionBook Page Best of the Year selectionAmelia Bloomer Project List selectionNational Book Festival Great Reads selection*


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; The Way Home Looks Now, an Amelia Bloomer Project List selection and a CCBC Choices List selection; The Secret Battle of Evan Pao, which received multiple starred reviews; Sydney Taylor Honor Book This Is Just a Test, which she cowrote with Madelyn Rosenberg; and Not Your All-American Girl, a Tablet Magazine Best Children's Book, also cowritten with Madelyn Rosenberg. She lives with her family in the suburbs of Washington, DC.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780545609579
Lexile Measure
650L
Guided Reading Level
U
Publisher
Scholastic Inc.
Publication date
March 20, 2017
Series
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BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV013000 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | General
JUV016000 - Juvenile Fiction | Historical | General
JUV032010 - Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Baseball
Library of Congress categories
History
20th century
Baseball
Pennsylvania
Traffic accidents
Grief
Bereavement
Chinese Americans
Baseball stories
Little League baseball
Pittsburgh (Pa.)
Chinese American families
Pittsburgh

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