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A Day for Vincent Chin and Me Hardcover – October 29, 2001

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From Publishers Weekly

The characters introduced in Project Wheels and Egg-Drop Blues return in Jacqueline Turner Banks's A Day for Vincent Chin and Me. This time, sixth-grader Tommy narrates the events as his mother organizes the Asian-American community to draw attention to the death of the Chinese-American man whom his murderers blamed for Detroit's declining car sales and soaring unemployment.

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Gr 4-6-Another sequel to Project Wheels (Houghton, 1993) involving a racially mixed group of sixth-grade friends living in Kentucky. Japanese-American Tommy saves his sister's deaf friend from being hit by a speeding car. The incident spurs the boy and his friends to try and build a speed bump to deter further accidents. His quest coincides with a rally his mother is planning to fight racism. The Vincent Chin of the title was a Chinese American who was beaten to death in 1982 by disgruntled Detroit auto workers, who blamed Japan for the decline in the auto industry and mistook the victim for Japanese. Tommy attempts to fit in and not be distinguished by his Asian heritage, and tries to be proud of who he is. In the end, he manages to find balance and realizes that the struggle his mother is fighting is similar to his own. The book ends with a note from the author about the real Vincent Chin and a time line of the trials resulting from his murder. The crisp writing and active plot will draw readers in.

DeAnn Tabuchi, San Anselmo Public Library, CA

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (October 29, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061813199X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618131990
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,552,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christohper P. Furner on November 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Such a shame what happened, this book is touching, well written and very interesting.
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