Chinglish - Signed Copy, by Sue Cheung
Chinglish - Signed by Sue Cheung
WINNER of the Diverse Book Award 2020: Young Adult
Booktrust Book of the Day 7 September 2019
Chinglish gives a fascinating insight to Sue's teenage years growing up in a Chinese takeaway in 1980s Coventry, and how her lifelong passion for art helped her escape it in the end!
It is difficult trying to talk in our family cos:a) Grandparents don't speak English at allb) Mum hardly speaks any Englishc) Me, Bonny and Simon hardly speak Chinesed) Dad speaks Chinese and good English - but doesn't like talking
In other words, we all have to cobble together tiny bits of English and Chinese into a rubbish new language I call 'Chinglish'. It is very awkward.
Jo Kwan is a teenager growing up in 1980s Coventry with her annoying little sister, too-cool older brother, a series of very unlucky pets and utterly bonkers parents.
But unlike the other kids at her new school or her posh cousins, Jo lives above her parents' Chinese takeaway. And things can be tough - whether it's unruly customers or the snotty popular girls who bully Jo for being different. Even when she does find a BFF who actually likes Jo for herself, she still has to contend with her erratic dad's behaviour.
All Jo dreams of is breaking free and forging a career as an artist. Told in diary entries and doodles, Jo's brilliantly funny observations about life, family and char siu make for a searingly honest portrayal of life on the other side of the takeaway counter.
“[A] rare gem... a first-class book.” – Emily Bearn, 5-Star review, Telegraph ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“By turns hilarious and tragic” – The Bookseller
'A funny and achingly poignant portrayal of the identity crises, family conflicts, and hopes of a British-Chinese teenager in the 1980s' – LoveReading4Kids
“I loved it. It's hilarous, unexpectedly dark . . . has a very classic YA feel” - Zen Cho