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Just Published: Morning Sun in Wuhan by Ying Chang Compestine!


Hey y’all! Just a reminder that Morning Sun in Wuhan by Ying Chang Compestine released today! Check out the full review here or grab a copy of your own!

Recommended: yup!
For a feel-good story set during the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, for a look at what it was like for folks in Wuhan where it originated, for absolutely delicious food (complete with recipes!!)

Summary

Weaving in the tastes and sounds of the historic city, Wuhan’s comforting and distinctive cuisine comes to life as the reader follows 13-year-old Mei who, through her love for cooking, makes a difference in her community. Written by an award-winning author originally from Wuhan.

Grieving the death of her mother and an outcast at school, thirteen-year-old Mei finds solace in cooking and computer games. When her friend’s grandmother falls ill, Mei seeks out her father, a doctor, for help, and discovers the hospital is overcrowded. As the virus spreads, Mei finds herself alone in a locked-down city trying to find a way to help.

Author Ying Chang Compestine draws on her own experiences growing up in Wuhan to illustrate that the darkest times can bring out the best in people, friendship can give one courage in frightening times, and most importantly, young people can make an impact on ton the world. Readers can follow Mei’s tantalizing recipes and cook them at home. 

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ARC Review: Morning Sun in Wuhan by Ying Chang Compestine (11/8/22)

Morning Sun in Wuhan by Ying Chang Compestine
Expected Release Date: November 8, 2022

Recommended: yup!
For a feel-good story set during the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, for a look at what it was like for folks in Wuhan where it originated, for absolutely delicious food (complete with recipes!!)

Summary

Weaving in the tastes and sounds of the historic city, Wuhan’s comforting and distinctive cuisine comes to life as the reader follows 13-year-old Mei who, through her love for cooking, makes a difference in her community. Written by an award-winning author originally from Wuhan.

Grieving the death of her mother and an outcast at school, thirteen-year-old Mei finds solace in cooking and computer games. When her friend’s grandmother falls ill, Mei seeks out her father, a doctor, for help, and discovers the hospital is overcrowded. As the virus spreads, Mei finds herself alone in a locked-down city trying to find a way to help.

Author Ying Chang Compestine draws on her own experiences growing up in Wuhan to illustrate that the darkest times can bring out the best in people, friendship can give one courage in frightening times, and most importantly, young people can make an impact on the world. Readers can follow Mei’s tantalizing recipes and cook them at home. 

Thoughts

I’ve been reading book about Covid-19 since Covid-19 was still locking everyone at home. For me, it’s cathartic in a way to read about so many other people’s experiences of this one global experience. It’s a connection to basically everyone in the world, which I find quite incredible, though of course it’s not the connection I’d have asked for. Point being, while the topic can be difficult because of the recent and ongoing pain around it, I do still love reading about it, and this book is a prime example of why.

Mei is my tiny hero. I aspire to be more like Mei. Though this is a book about Covid-19 and it’s onset, it’s also a book about perseverance and generosity and just being a really decent person. Mei not only steps up to help those around her, but she encourages others to do so as well. Standing up to anyone can be tough, but especially tough when you’re a young teenage girl and you’re standing up to a scared mob of large adult men. What a powerful moment that was, among so many others.

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More Than Words in a time of need

Hey y’all! Here’s my PSA on the best way to get some new reads on your shelf while you’re stuck inside, without spending a ton of money, and while also benefiting a non-profit for at-risk youth. I’ve mentioned them before, because I adore them so much.

More Than Words is a fantastic bookshop in the Boston area, run completely by teenagers. And I promise, it’s run very well! The organization gives these students real-life training, mentoring, plus a paying job in addition to so much more. Currently, the adult staff of MTW are driving around to deliver food to students who are struggling with meals due to COVID19: for example, those who are low income and depended on free school lunches.

They’re also currently running a social-distancing-approved skeleton crew of their online store, so you can still get new reads! A run down of all the benefits:

  • their online bookstore has tons and tons of used books in good condition
  • their prices are super low – a lot of titles are just $3.99!
  • at the time of writing they also have a deal for 20% off any purchase over $20, which basically means free books
  • their shipping is super fast despite all the current challenges: I ordered 3 days ago and already got my delivery! and for those in the US, shipping was free!
  • that noted, they also have international delivery, so anyone reading in another country can still take advantage
  • again, it 100% benefits these teens running the store, which they need even more than usual right now

Go check them out on their online bookstore or through their eBay store. You can also see a bit of what they have to offer from my Valentine’s day trip that left me very happy! 😍 Or stay tuned for tomorrow when I can show you my latest bunch. 😊