Growing up in Hong Kong in the 1960s, Yeung Ying is tired of hearing how important boys are. After all, she can write letters and recite poems as well as—even better than—her boy cousins.

Luckily, Yeung Ying’s mother thinks “girls and boys are just the same.” Despite protests from her husband’s family, Ma uses what little money the family has to send her daughter to private school. There Yeung Ying begins to fall in love with books and writing. Combining this new passion with the colorful experiences of her daily life, Yeung Ying discovers that even girls can dare to dream
2010 Notable Children's Book by the ALA
2010 Notable Books for a Global Society by the IRA
2010 Honor Book in Youth Literature  
 by the APALA
2010 Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts by the NCTE
Best Children's Books of the Year 2010 - Outstanding Merit
Bank Street College of Education