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When You Wish Upon a Lantern

By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Charming tale about culture, community, and first love.

Boy and girl push a lantern up into a lantern-filled night sky, with cityscape in the distance.

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Gloria Chao's charming tale about culture, community, and first love is a must-read for teens. Her vivid descriptions transport readers to Chicago's vibrant Chinatown, filled with mouthwatering dishes and rich cultural traditions. Liya and Kai are sweet, lovable characters, and while the story mainly revolves around their "will they, won't they" relationship, it's also about grief and finding ways to keep your loved ones' memories alive. Liya and Kai feel lost without each other and even more so without her grandma, who made them feel loved and understood. By fulfilling wishes, they've found a way to honor her grandma's legacy, bring the community together, and celebrate their culture. As When You Wish Upon a Lantern progresses, teens will learn to look for the magic in everyday moments and understand the importance of kindness and communication.

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