In this Newbery Honor Book and American Book Award for Children's Fiction Winner, premier biographer Jean Fritz shares some of her own fascinating history.
The accolades speak for themselves:
* "Fritz draws the readers into scenes from her youth in the turbulent China of the mid-twenties. One comes to appreciate the generous affection of her nurse/companion Lin Nai-Nai, the isolating distance in her mother's grief over losing a second child, the dynamics of a suffering population venting its hostility on foreigners, and most of all, the loneliness of a child's exile from a homeland she has imagined constantly but never seen....A remarkable blend of truth and storytelling." -- Booklist, starred review
* "An insightful memory's-eye-view of her childhood...Young Jean is a strong character, and many of her reactions to people and events are timeless and universal." -- School Library Journal, starred review
"Told with an abundance of humor -- sometimes wry, sometimes mischievous and irreverent -- the story is vibrant with atmosphere, personalities, and a palpable sense of place." -- The Horn Book
"Every now and then a book comes along that makes me want to send a valentine to its author. Homesick is such a book....Pungent and delicious." -- Katherine Paterson, The Washington Post
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