Coming 6/12/18 from Random House Children's Books
“Lou’s story gives voice to Filipino youth, addressing cultural differences, the importance of community, and the true meaning of home. This delightful debut welcomes readers in like a house filled with love.”
★ Kirkus, starred review
“Cheerful and hope-filled.”
★ School Library Journal, starred review
“Lou, with her devotion to her dream for more independence, is a sympathetic character, and her relationship with her family is the heart of this warm exploration of what home truly means.”
“If this book were a house, the rooms would be filled with warmth, family, and friendship.”–Erin Entrada Kelly, Newbery Medal-winning author of Hello, Universe
“Endearing to the end.” –Rita Williams-Garcia,
Newbery Honor-winning author & National Book Award Finalist of Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
“This story may be about a tiny house, but it has an enormous heart." –Kate Messner,
author of The Exact Location of Home
“Warm, funny and affirming.”
–Lisa Yee, author of DC Super Hero Girls series
“There couldn’t be a hero more determined, resourceful or lovable... Her big dream of a tiny house is irresistible.” –Tricia Springstubb, author of Moonpenny Island
"Lolo, my grandfather, used to say, 'Thats how dreams work. You just have to do them.' "
Lou Bulosan-Nelson is going to build her dream. She shares a room with her mom in her grandmother's house in San Francisco, and longs for a place of her own where she can escape her lovable but large extended Filipino family. Lou has a talent for woodshop class and creating projects, and plans to build a tiny house, 100 square feet, all her own, on land that she inherited from her dad, who died before she was born. Then Lou discovers it's not so easy to build one, not when her beautiful land may not be hers for much longer and her mom may want to move out of state. But she won't give up on her dream, and her friends and family won’t either. This heartwarming coming-of-age story explores culture and family, forgiveness and friendship, and what makes a house a true home.