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Book Title: Good Luck, Ivy|
The author of the book: Lisa Yee
Edition: American Girl Publishing Inc
The size of the: 29.62 MB
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Reader ratings: 5.5
Date of issue: September 1st 2007
ISBN 13: 9781593693572
Format files: PDF
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julie's best friend ivy finally gets a book to herself. it is worth noting that ivy is the first & only asian american character created by american girl. & as such, she is a poster child for asian american stereotypes. her story is all about how she is torn between fealty to her family & her passion for her american hobbies.
ivy is apparently a competitive gymnast who has a thorny relationship with the balance beam. in the last big competition, she fell off the balance beam & had a meltdown when she couldn't get back on within ten seconds, so she ran off crying. now she is terrified of something similar transpiring in a future competition, even though she is very gifted at all other gymnastic pursuits, especially the floor routine.
meanwhile, a big family reunion is coming up, resplendent with visiting aunts & uncles. it will, of course, be held at the happy panda chinese restaurant. ivy is cringing in advance because a) some of her relatives are a little embarrassing, like her aunt who was a chinese acrobat back in the old country & always wants to spin plates to prove she's still got the chops (i'm not even joking) & her uncle, who terrorized san francisco one christmas season when he sold a fuzzy adorable little monster to a dumbass white kid who spilled water on it & created a race of murderous killer monsters (okay, i am just joking about that one). & b) ivy is sick & tired of chinese food. her mom, who by all rights should be slaving away barefoot & pregnant in the kitchen like a real woman, is instead putting herself through law school because this book is set in the mid-1970s when women rose up & started going to law school. she doesn't have time to cook elaborate family dinners that might stave off the social & moral decline of the 1980s, & it's not like ivy's dad is gonna cook anything. he's too busy having a penis. so her grandparents, proprietors of the happy panda restaurant, bring dinner by for the family all the time. & ivy is tired of it. she wants to eat "normal" food, like her white american friends. because, you see, ivy is an assimilated chinese american girl who is torn between two cultures in all the most stereotypical ways possible. i imagine that she grows up to be amy tan's muse.
ivy is also attending chinese school with her older brother, andrew. andrew is obsessed with martial arts (of course), especially bruce lee (of course). it's shocking to me that these books were actually written by an asian american woman because she is dinging every box on the asian american stereotypes list. andrew also rules at chinese school. he's great at speaking & writing the language, while ivy struggles. which is in direct contradiction to scenes in the julie books in which ivy is perfectly content to sit around all day painting chinese characters into phone books & translating the panicked chinese screaming of a young immigrant mother who has lost her child. the chinese school teacher tells the students that they can earn extra credit by writing a report about their families. ivy thinks she should do the report because she needs the points. she thinks the family reunion will be an ideal time to interview everyone.
but oh no! the big city-wide gymnastics competition, at which ivy hopes to redeem herself for her previous balance beam failures, is the same day as the family reunion! & surely it is too obvious for ivy & her family to say, "go to the meet in the morning & come to the reunion after, since the reunion is mainly a dinner thing anyway." no, instead mr. ling insists that ivy skip the meet to prove her loyalty to family & tradition, & ivy's mother insists that ivy attend the meet in order to show her independence & assimilation into american culture. whatever will ivy do?
in the morning, she goes to the meet. she is surprised & touched by a special note andrew hides in her gym bag. it's a drawing of a chinese dragon & it says "dragons rule!" andrew is a big fan of dragons. he also had the whole family pose holding a banner that says, "good luck, ivy!" this is all ivy needs to nail her balance beam routine. she takes third-place overall & finishes fifth in balance beam. then, rather than go out for pizza with her teammates, she changes into her cheong-sam & hits the reunion, where she earnestly asks aunt acrobat to spin some plates & thinks about how lucky she is to have her family & culture.
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Read information about the authorLisa Yee was born and raised near Los Angeles. As a kid, she loved reading, opening brand new boxes of cereal (to get the prize), and riding the teacups at Disneyland.
Lisa attended Brightwood Elementary School in Monterey Park, California where she once won an award for best decorated cake. However, Lisa cut the ribbon in half because her friend Linda had also worked on the cake, and they had agreed to split any prize they might win.
While at Alhambra High School, Lisa was on the debate team and president of the honor society. On occasion, she would ditch class and sneak off to the library. (Okay, so she never quite figured out the juvenile delinquent thing.) At the University of Southern California, she majored in English and Humanities, and she also took a bowling class.
Lisa has been an inventor, a hand model, and the associate director of a creative think tank. At Walt Disney World Lisa was a writer/producer and one time, when she was the only short person around, she got to be Mickey Mouse.
As co-owner and creative director of Magic Pencil Studios, a strategic creative company, she's written and directed creative projects for Fortune 500 clients, led creativity seminars for dairy farmers (moo), and been featured in the Wall Street Journal for her obsessive workaholic behavior. (She is now practically, totally cured of this.)
Lisa's been part of the Official Olympic Committee Torch Run Caravan (until the police requested that she leave), and she's been paid to eat chocolate. But what she likes doing most is writing. Her writing assignments have included labels for cans of refried beans and a speech for the President of the United States (The President's speechwriters rewrote the speech but they did include Lisa's immortal words, "Hello, Joan and Ben.")
Lisa has also penned her own newspaper column, written TV and radio commercials, menus that have been read by millions, jingles for waffles, and television specials for Disney.
Livesin South Pasadena, California. In her spare time, Lisa likes to read, make things out of junk, and consider taking a nap. Her HUGE collection of Winnie the-Poohs is on loan to the White River (Ontario) Winnie-the-Pooh Museum.
With the publication of Millicent Min, Girl Genius, Lisa has realized her lifelong dream of becoming an author. The winner of the prestigious Sid Fleischman Humor Award, there are over 500,000 copies of MILLIE in print. Lisa's second novel, Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time won the Chinese American Librarian Association Best Book of the Year award, and was named an American Library Association Notable Book.
Lisa was also named the 2007 Thurber House Children's Author-in-Residence. Her third novel, So Totally Emily Ebers came out in 2007 and so did Good Luck, Ivy, an American Girl historical novel.
In 2009, Lisa's first YA novel, Absolutely Maybe, debuted, as did Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally), the first of her new chapter book series, which was followed up by Bobby the Brave (Sometimes) in 2010.
2011 marks two more American Girl books, Aloha, Kanani and Good Job, Kanani, plus Warp Speed, a spin-off of the Millicent Min Trilogy.
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