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The Downstairs Girl

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Chinese American teen fights prejudice in witty 1890s tale.

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age 13+

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This chapter of American history is wrapped in a mystery and spiced up with a secret romance all told by a witty and bold young Chinese American tween in the 1890s. The character of Jo in The Downstairs Girl will inspire readers who are activists and offer a story of encouragement to readers who, like Jo, may feel their talents and gifts are being overlooked or undervalued.

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