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The Way Home Looks Now by Wendy Wan Long Shang Historical Fiction Really enjoyed this touching book To be released April 28th, 2015 Book Talk Baseball, can baseball save his family That s what Peter is hoping when he takes a risk He learnsabout his Dad and has a little hope for the future.I appreciate when you anticipate something for an entire book and an author doesn t really provide you with an outcome if it makes sense Loved reading about lovely family that has a pretty happy The Way Home Looks Now by Wendy Wan Long Shang Historical Fiction Really enjoyed this touching book To be released April 28th, 2015 Book Talk Baseball, can baseball save his family That s what Peter is hoping when he takes a risk He learnsabout his Dad and has a little hope for the future.I appreciate when you anticipate something for an entire book and an author doesn t really provide you with an outcome if it makes sense Loved reading about lovely family that has a pretty happy life until a devastating event that changes almost everything This book tears you up as you read the struggle Peter Lee has trying to communicate with his parents, recover from loss, and find a new direction for his life Quite recommended No one element of this book stood out to me enough to rate it as incredible, but I d happily pass it on to any kid Several difficult topics were handled with nuance, and the author avoided easy answers or trite solutions This book took me back to my own childhood recesses and ball games, afternoons with one hand sweating inside a leather glove, the slide of runner into base, the sound of kids yelling chants and rattling a chain link fence Simply put, this book made me miss baseball, and I bar No one element of this book stood out to me enough to rate it as incredible, but I d happily pass it on to any kid Several difficult topics were handled with nuance, and the author avoided easy answers or trite solutions This book took me back to my own childhood recesses and ball games, afternoons with one hand sweating inside a leather glove, the slide of runner into base, the sound of kids yelling chants and rattling a chain link fence Simply put, this book made me miss baseball, and I barely even played @READ BOOK Í The Way Home Looks Now Ú Twelve year old Chinese American Peter Lee and his family always shared a passion for baseball, bonding over backlot games and the Pittsburgh Pirates But when a devastating tragedy strikes, the family flies apart and Peter s mom becomes paralyzed by grief, drifting further and further from her family Hoping to lift his mother s spirits, Peter decides to try out for Little League But his plans become suddenly complicated when his strict and serious father volunteers to coach the team His dad s unconventional teaching methods rub some of Peter s teammates the wrong way, and Peter starts to wonder if playing baseball again was the right idea and if it can even help his family feel less broken Can the game they all love eventually bring them back together, safe at home Acclaimed author Wendy Wan Long Shang brings her signature warmth, gentle humor, and wisdom to this poignant story of healing and loss, family, and the great American pastime, baseball GENERAL read for Battle of the Books clubLIKES appreciated the ambivalent ending Life is ambivalent, and I appreciate when literature reflects that I don t usually like sports books, but this one used sports as a vehicle to discussing familial themes As a Taiwanese American, I always love me some good Taiwanese American protagonists.DISLIKES There were a lot of micro aggression comments that went unanswered I wish those were addressed at least once, by one of the characters The plot GENERAL read for Battle of the Books clubLIKES appreciated the ambivalent ending Life is ambivalent, and I appreciate when literature reflects that I don t usually like sports books, but this one used sports as a vehicle to discussing familial themes As a Taiwanese American, I always love me some good Taiwanese American protagonists.DISLIKES There were a lot of micro aggression comments that went unanswered I wish those were addressed at least once, by one of the characters The plot twist around one of the characters on the baseball team felt out of nowhere, and was distracting to the central story It felt like a different plot altogether The only reason why this was not rated higher was because I wantedThere was so much room for richness and pathos and character development, but the writer didn t take advantage of it This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I appreciate how Wandy Wan Long Shang s books portray Asian American,specifically, Chinese Americans and Taiwanese American experiences as cosmopolitans in terms of describing Asian characters as members of transnational community The Way Home Looks Now portrays stories of a young Taiwanese American boy, Peter and his family Peter s father who Peter calls Ba is a strict and conservative Taiwan born man who is not that far from typical Asian fathers who are often portrayed in stores someo I appreciate how Wandy Wan Long Shang s books portray Asian American,specifically, Chinese Americans and Taiwanese American experiences as cosmopolitans in terms of describing Asian characters as members of transnational community The Way Home Looks Now portrays stories of a young Taiwanese American boy, Peter and his family Peter s father who Peter calls Ba is a strict and conservative Taiwan born man who is not that far from typical Asian fathers who are often portrayed in stores someone inflexible but rule based Peter has a big brother Nelson who is biculturally insightful and a baby sister, Laney After his brother, Nelson, was killed by car accident, things are dramatically changed Most of all, Peter s mom goes through heavy depression She cannot play the active mediator when Peter and Ba face heavy tension The story depicts several themes through great baseball connections Team spirit, gender issues and even subtle microaggression are embedded in story Ba volunteers to be a coach for the baseball team and participating games and facing issues to maintain the team gradually changes Peter and Ba both to be open for each other.The story conveys universal themes in personal relationship, gender stereotypes, death, and school However, Shang did great job to implement cultural connections and information while she challenges subtle social gaze of Otherness toward Orientals whose names and languages are different from their names How do you say shut up in Chinese Is it chigng chang chong p 112 Ba brings up several cultural awareness 1 How the nation of Taiwan started to be different from China 2 What Confucianism is and how it affect Ba for his transnational cultural ethos 3 Japan occupied Taiwan and Trainees Baseball team was born under Japanese influence 4 Even baseball play has different styles between American styles and Taiwanese styles 5 Even though Peter is an Asian Taiwanese American , he still should study about Asian history like Korean warThis book may inform the internal diversity under Asian Americans Touch of brief Taiwanese history and cultural ethos are applied in authentic ways while it doesn t make Peter as foreigner but enhance his being a member of one of us to audience like baseball creates We spirit for all boy characters and the girl baseball player, Erin This book was a mixture of inspiring and just a good book It talk alot about how they overcome things and is just in general a good book I hope someone takes the time to read this book because it is in fact a very good book. Review is from Books in Print Library Journal March 01, 2015 9780545609562 Gr 4 6 Twelve year old Peter just wants his home to be the way it was before before his mother stopped talking, before she started sitting on the couch staring at the TV, and before his older brother died in a car accident Peter s father is a strict Chinese immigrant who stresses homework, emphasizes respect for authority, and forbids baseball Peter s mother and siblings Review is from Books in Print Library Journal March 01, 2015 9780545609562 Gr 4 6 Twelve year old Peter just wants his home to be the way it was before before his mother stopped talking, before she started sitting on the couch staring at the TV, and before his older brother died in a car accident Peter s father is a strict Chinese immigrant who stresses homework, emphasizes respect for authority, and forbids baseball Peter s mother and siblings loved the sport before his brother died now baseball is no longer played or even talked about in the family Peter becomes convinced that the way to get his mother back is to join Little League and play baseball again He persuades his father to allow him to play, but during tryouts so many children show up that another coach is needed and Peter s father volunteers This stressful dynamic shows Peter a different side of his father, a man who is mourning his son, loves his family, knows a lot about baseball, and believes in fairness Peter is a fully realized character, but the rest of his family and most of the players on his team fall flat VERDICT Though the plot occasionally gets bogged down with too many side stories, this heartwarming story is still a worthy purchase Lisa Nabel, Dayton Metro Library, OH c Copyright 2015 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc No redistribution permitted The review discusses Peter s father very well as a man who wants his children to succeed in their studies and be respectful of their elders Throughout the book, Peter always tried so hard to get his mother s attention and just have a conversation with her But with the loss of Peter s oldest brother, mom was always on the couch and never interacted with the family any I had emotions of sadness and anger toward this situation while reading Peter never gave up though and was always looking for ways to get mom to interact and talk with him and the family He worked hard in baseball and got to know another side of his father when his father became his baseball coach E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelinePeter Lee s family loves baseball, cheering on the Taiwanese team when they come to a world championship in the early 1970s When his older brother, Nelson, is killed in a car crash, however, his mother becomes so completely dysfunctional that she can t even get up off the couch to cook dinner, leaving Peter, his younger sister Elaine, and his father to fend for themselves Peter is grieving for longer than necessary as well, and feels as if everyone at sch E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelinePeter Lee s family loves baseball, cheering on the Taiwanese team when they come to a world championship in the early 1970s When his older brother, Nelson, is killed in a car crash, however, his mother becomes so completely dysfunctional that she can t even get up off the couch to cook dinner, leaving Peter, his younger sister Elaine, and his father to fend for themselves Peter is grieving for longer than necessary as well, and feels as if everyone at school doesn t talk to him because of his misfortune Eventually, he decides that is he can play baseball the way that Nelson did, perhaps he can entice his mother to go to a game, and she will be able to regain her joy in being outside Since there are too many players, Peter s father offers to coach a team, even though Peter thinks that his baseball experience must be limited, based on the poor players that his father picks There are some surprises in the line up, which are quite interesting, and everyone but Peter s mother seems to improve a bit In the end, there may be a little bit of hope for the woman.Strengths I loved The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, so was really looking forward to this one Shang writes riveting prose, and her women s libber twist and 1970s setting is fantastic There s enough baseball in this one that sports fans will pick it up Weaknesses I was HUGELY disappointed in the ridiculous grief of the mother It is not an option for parents to submerse themselves in their own grief about a dead child to the point where they can t take care of their living ones No excuse, and this made me SO angry I didn t just want to slap the mother, I wanted to punch her in the face The father didn t help, either, letting the mother get away with it Argh Not okay, people Not okay What I really think Despite my disappointment, I will buy this one, because I never have enough baseball books, it s nicely multicultural, and has a great twist in it But still We could have avoided the idiotic mother altogether Very emotional throughout, never a permanent solution, but still draws you in until the end Problems arise, and Peter believes baseball can help My heart broke at the beginning, so very sad Really hits home with its messages. This is a heartwarming story of Peter Lee and his family They share a genuine love for the game of baseball, but a tragedy changes the dynamics within their family Peter tries to move forward by joining a baseball team During this time he sees that they all handle their grief differently This one was hard for me to put down once I got into the story.