Online: Meet Stacey Lee: Author and HPL Summer Reading Ambassador
AUTHOR | SUMMER READING PROGRAM | AWARD WINNING | DIVERSE BOOKS | SUMMER READING AMBASSADOR
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The Harrison Public Library is pleased to have award winning author Stacey Lee join us as this year's Summer Reading Ambassador. She will be discussing her new book, Luck of the Titanic, recently released in May 2021.
Stacey Lee is an award-winning author of historical and contemporary young adult fiction, including Under a Painted Sky; Outrun the Moon, winner of the 2017 Pen Center Award for Young Adult Fiction and the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association YA Book of the Year; The Secret of a Heart Note, which sold in eight countries; The Downstairs Girl, which received five starred reviews and which Booklist called “Spectacular," and her latest novel, Luck of the Titanic.
Her books have been selected for the Amelia Bloomer list for feminist fiction, the as well as the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults List, and the New York Public Library's Best Books for Teens. A native of southern California and fourth-generation Chinese American, she is a founder of the We Need Diverse Books movement and writes stories for all kids (even the ones who look like adults). Find her @staceyleeauthor on Instagram and Twitter.
ABOUT LUCK OF THE TITANIC
From the critically-acclaimed author of The Downstairs Girl comes the richly imagined story of Valora and Jamie Luck, twin British-Chinese acrobats traveling aboard the Titanic on its ill-fated maiden voyage.
Valora Luck has two things: a ticket for the biggest and most luxurious ocean liner in the world, and a dream of leaving England behind and making a life for herself as a circus performer in New York. Much to her surprise though, she’s turned away at the gangway; apparently, Chinese aren’t allowed into America.
But Val has to get on that ship. Her twin brother Jamie, who has spent two long years at sea, is there, as is an influential circus owner, whom Val hopes to audition for. Thankfully, there’s not much a trained acrobat like Val can’t overcome when she puts her mind to it.
As a stowaway, Val should keep her head down and stay out of sight. But the clock is ticking and she has just seven days as the ship makes its way across the Atlantic to find Jamie, perform for the circus owner, and convince him to help get them both into America.
Then one night the unthinkable happens, and suddenly Val’s dreams of a new life are crushed under the weight of the only thing that matters: survival.
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