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I’m Mae Respicio and my middle grade novel debuts with Random House Kids & Wendy Lamb Books this summer... hitting shelves on June 12, 2018. Read about it below! 

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Lolo, my grandfather, used to say, ‘That’s 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.