RESPICIO, Mae. The Home That Lou Constructed. 240p. Random/Wendy Lamb Bks. Jun. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781524717940.
Gr Four-6 –Lou Bulosan-Nelson’s dream is to construct a tiny home—a construction of solely 100 sq. ft—on a plot of land that she inherited from her deceased father, who handed away earlier than she was born. Dwelling in San Francisco together with her vibrant, prolonged Filipino household, Lou intends for her home to be an area of her personal that’s environmentally sound and honors her dad’s reminiscence. If solely her mom wasn’t contemplating uprooting them each to Washington state. Lou hopes that if she finishes her home in time, her mother received’t make them transfer. When Lou discovers her land is on the public sale block, she ramps up her constructing schedule, however not with out ample assist from buddies, cousins, and her attentive crush. A celebration of Filipino tradition, this big-hearted debut novel examines the definition of “residence.” Readers will probably be buoyed by the heat and candor of Lou’s close-knit, intergenerational help system and can take pleasure in assembly Lou, a resourceful protagonist who is aware of who she is and is snug in her personal pores and skin. A candy contact of romance will enchantment to many tweens, with out overshadowing the messages of environmental consciousness, honesty, and the worth of being oneself. VERDICT Cheerful and hope-filled, with an idiosyncratic feminine protagonist, it is a worthy selection for any center grade assortment.
This evaluate was printed within the College Library Journal April 2018 subject.