If Lin Can: How Jeremy Lin Inspired Asian Americans to Shoot for the Stars

by Richard Ho (Author) Phùng Nguyên Quang (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
This biography of basketball superstar Jeremy Lin is an anthem of Asian American pride that speaks to any child who feels underestimated or misunderstood. If Lin can, you can!

Have you ever been told that you CAN’T? Growing up in the Bay Area, Jeremy Lin heard that over and over again. People made fun of his size and his race and wouldn’t give him a chance. But Jeremy persevered until he became the first Taiwanese American to play in the NBA. And when his big moment came, he seized it!

Jeremy’s meteoric rise, dubbed "Linsanity," inspired the world and a whole generation of young Asian Americans. As author Richard Ho puts it, “Jeremy’s struggles were our struggles, so his triumphs were our triumphs. He made us believe that if he could succeed, so could we.”
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Kirkus Reviews

A slam dunk choice for role modeling.

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Richard Ho
As a child, Richard Ho harbored perfectly reasonable career aspirations: professional basketball player, astrophysicist, and Jedi master. When he "grew up," he worked as a magazine journalist, a scriptwriter, an editor, and an author. His highly acclaimed picture books include Red Rover, The Lost Package, and Year of the Cat.

Phùng Nguyên Quang and Huỳnh Kim Liên are book creators who live and work together in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. They have illustrated several children's books, including My First Day (which they also wrote), Hundred Years of Happiness, and The Floating Field: How a Group of Thai Boys Built Their Own Soccer Field. www.kaaillustration.com
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Charlesbridge Publishing
Publication date
April 16, 2024
BISAC categories
JNF007100 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Sports & Recreation
JNF018020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States - Asian American
JNF054020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation | Basketball
Library of Congress categories
United States
Discrimination in sports
Basketball players
National Basketball Association
Asian American athletes
Lin, Jeremy
Asian American basketball players

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