#Read Freely Book Club - Finally Seen - May 2023

Tuesday, May 23, 2023 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm


Kick off #ReadFreely 2023 with bookseller Rebecca for Kelly Yang's newest book Finally Seen. 

Ticketing options include a single ticket or a companion ticket for an adult and an under-18-year-old companion 

Ticket includes:

  • a copy of Finally Seen 
  • $5 towards a purchase at Alia's Coffeehouse ($10 with companion ticket) 


Seating is limited, registration required. 

About the Book: 

From the New York Times bestselling author of Front Desk comes a gripping middle grade novel about a young girl who leaves China to live with her parents and sister, after five years apart, and learns about family, friendship, and the power of being finally seen.

My sister got to grow up with my parents. Me? I grew up with postcards from my parents.

When ten-year-old Lina Gao steps off the plane in Los Angeles, it's her first time in America and the first time seeing her parents and her little sister in five years! She's been waiting for this moment every day while she lived with her grandmother in Beijing, getting teased by kids at school who called her "left behind girl." Finally, her parents are ready for her to join their fabulous life in America! Except, it's not exactly like in the postcards:

1. School's a lot harder than she thought. When she mispronounces some words in English on the first day, she decides she simply won't talk. Ever again.

2. Her chatty little sister has no problem with English. And seems to do everything better than Lina, including knowing exactly the way to her parents' hearts.

3. They live in an apartment, not a house like in Mom's letters, and they owe a lot of back rent from the pandemic. And Mom's plan to pay it back sounds more like a hobby than a moneymaker.

As she reckons with her hurt, Lina tries to keep a lid on her feelings, both at home and at school. When her teacher starts facing challenges for her latest book selection, a book that deeply resonates with Lina, it will take all of Lina's courage and resilience to get over her fear in order to choose a future where she's finally seen.

About the Author:

Kelly Yang is the New York Times bestselling author of Front Desk (winner of the 2019 Asian Pacific American Award for Children's Literature), ParachutesThree KeysRoom to DreamNew From Here, and Finally SeenFront Desk also won the Parents' Choice Gold Medal, was the 2019 Global Read Aloud, and has earned numerous other honors including those from The Washington PostKirkus ReviewsSchool Library JournalPublishers Weekly, and NPR.



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