by Lily LaMotte
Submitted by Stefanie M.
Cici is moving from Taiwan to Seattle, and she is very nervous, especially because now she will be missing out on quality time with her grandmother, who isn’t moving with her. Cici decides that she’s going to fly her grandmother to the United States for her 70th birthday, and since her family can’t afford the plane ticket, Cici enters a cooking competition, where the grand prize is $1,000! The only problem is, Cici has no idea how to cook American food, and doesn’t know how the judges will react to her Taiwanese food.
This is a heartwarming book about Cici’s experience as an immigrant, expectations from her parents about her academic and career goals, fitting in with her new friends, and the joy that can come from building connections through food.
One of my favorites of the year.