The Mystery of the Painted Fan (Nguyen Kids #3)

by Linda Trinh (Author) Clayton Nguyen (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Nguyen Kids

The third book in the early chapter book series.

The Nguyen Kids features the youngest sibling, Jacob, and continues the series' exploration of social justice themes, specifically gender expression and identity, with a supernatural twist.

Thoughtful and creative, Jacob is tired of being the baby of the family. He is ready to fully express himself in all of the ways that feel right to him, but not everyone seems as eager to accept change--even his own parents. He still loves hockey, yet he also wants to try something new, even if others may not understand. Confused and frustrated, Jacob turns to the beautiful fan his Grandma Nội gave him, which features all of the Vietnamese zodiac animals. With the mysterious fan and memories of Grandma guiding him, Jacob finds the power to remain true to himself, and show his family who he could be.

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Linda Trinh

LINDA TRINH is a Vietnamese Canadian author who writes fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. Her work has appeared in anthologies and literary magazines. She explores identity, cultural background, and spirituality. The Nguyen Kids is her first children's book series. She lives with her family in Winnipeg.

​CLAYTON NGUYEN is a Vietnamese artist born in Ottawa and currently based in Toronto, Ontario.

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Annick Press
Publication date
April 25, 2023
Nguyen Kids
BISAC categories
JUV039050 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emotions & Feelings
JUV013030 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Multigenerational
JUV011020 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - Asian American
JUV039120 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Prejudice & Racism
JUV013070 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Siblings
Library of Congress categories
Identity (Psychology)
Family life
Grandparent and child
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United S
Paranormal fiction
Children's stories
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
Gender identity
JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Chapter Books

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