Part historical fiction, part magical realism, and 100 percent adventure. Thirteen-year-old Mei reimagines the myths of Paul Bunyan as starring a Chinese heroine while she works in a Sierra Nevada logging camp in 1885.
Aware of the racial tumult in the years after the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act, Mei tries to remain blissfully focused on her job, her close friendship with the camp foreman’s daughter, and telling stories about Paul Bunyan–reinvented as Po Pan Yin (Auntie Po), an elderly Chinese matriarch.
Anchoring herself with stories of Auntie Po, Mei navigates the difficulty and politics of lumber camp work and her growing romantic feelings for her friend Bee. The Legend of Auntie Po is about who gets to own a myth, and about immigrant families and communities holding on to rituals and traditions while staking out their own place in America.
From: Penguin Random House
Notes on This Title
This title contains depictions of death and dying, as well as the aftermath of anti-Asian violence.
The main character is a Chinese teen who expresses attraction towards a female friend and a lack of attraction towards boys.
2022 Eisner Award - Best Publication for Teens
“A timely and ultimately hopeful tale.” (Source: Kirkus Reviews)
“This is a thoughtful book about a topic of U.S. American history not often written about in middle grade books, and I highly recommend it.” (Source: The Lesbrary)