Keep Dancing, Lizzie Chu: A Novel (Hardcover)

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A girl tries to cheer up her grieving, forgetful grandfather by taking him on a rollicking road-trip adventure in Keep Dancing, Lizzie Chu, a charming and poignant middle-grade novel from award-winning author Maisie Chan.
Twelve-year-old Lizzie Chu has lived with her wai gong (grandfather) in Glasgow since her parents died when she was a baby. But Wai Gong has been acting different lately. He spends a lot of time talking to his Guan Yin statue—the Chinese goddess of compassion, kindness, and mercy—at his altar and seems to be becoming more forgetful. Even the shared passion he and Lizzie have for their favorite show, Strictly Come Dancing, seems to be tailing off.
Then one day Lizzie’s friend Chi visits dressed as Princess Leia for Comic Con, and Wai Gong mistakes her for Guan Yin. He’s delighted—and Lizzie gets an idea. She and Chi (dressed as the goddess) can take Wai Gong to a ballroom dance at the Tower Ballroom, where he’d always dreamed of going with his late wife. If only she can get her granddad there, she thinks, he’ll find some peace, and perhaps things will be OK at home again. After all, one of the myths around Guan Yin is that she brings order and harmony, so it’s got to work out—right?

About the Author

Maisie Chan is a British-born Chinese author. She has written early reader books for Hachette and HarperCollins; a collection of fairy tales, myths, and legends in Stories From Around the World for Scholastic; as well as many stories for The Big Think, a well-being curriculum based around stories for elementary school children. She also started the group Bubble Tea Writers to support and encourage new British East and Southeast Asian writers in the UK. When Maisie isn’t writing, she enjoys yoga, dim sum, and singing really loudly. She has lived in the UK, US, and Taiwan. Originally from Birmingham, Maisie now lives with her family in Glasgow.

Praise For…

“A poignant tale about a girl and her cherished grandfather. Chan combines realities of Asian British life with stories from Chinese mythology, forming the backdrop for a chaotic, hilarious road trip. Even more touching is Lizzie’s journey toward understanding her grandfather’s probable dementia and learning to ask for help. A layered, emotionally resonant story.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“Chan infuses this warm and spirited road trip with references to Lizzie’s cultural background (with light but pointed doses of ethnic bullying and fat shaming thrown in), plus an inclusive supporting cast . . . the suspenseful whirl of misadventures leads to a thoroughly dazzling climax on the dance floor . . . this warm family story will still resonate this side of the pond.”
— Booklist

“So charming . . . Great for many kinds of readers, from reluctant to enthusiastic.”
— Elle McNicoll, author of A Kind of Spark, a Schneider Family Book Award honor title

Keep Dancing, Lizzie Chu is toe-tappingly joyous. Full of invention and warmth.”
— Frank Cottrell-Boyce, winner of the Carnegie Medal and author of Millions and Cosmic

“It explores so many themes including racism, being a young carer, dementia, and seeking out (and accepting) help. But at its heart, it’s this wonderful, joyous, intergenerational story that made me smile so hard.”
— Rashmi Sirdeshpande, author of Dadaji’s Paintbrush

Product Details
ISBN: 9781419759925
ISBN-10: 1419759922
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: March 28th, 2023
Pages: 256
Language: English