Any Day with You

Mae Respicio. Random/Lamb, $16.99 (224p) ISBN 978-0-525-70757-8
Filipina-American Kaia, 12, begins to see her beloved 90-year-old great-grandfather, Tatang, in a new light when he announces that he’ll be moving from their Santa Monica home to live in his homeland year-round. The retired teacher is a source of unwavering encouragement and support for Kaia, and the two often share quiet moments and thoughtful conversations. Intent on dissuading him, the budding digital effects artist enters a beach-themed film competition with her best friends, hoping that winning the contest with a project inspired by Filipino mythology will change his mind. Kaia’s deep respect for and connection with Tatang provides an emotional lens through which to view his youthful experiences, including his immigration to America 60 years prior, internment following the Bataan Death March, and service during WWII. As she comes to understand the meaning behind Tatang’s choices—and the importance of his autonomy—her perception of him expands alongside her awareness of her own strengths and the opportunities available to her. Rich with opportunities for discussion and contemplation, Respicio’s (The House That Lou Built) book offers a heartfelt story about family, embracing change, and the meaning of home. Ages 8–12. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary. (May)
Reviewed on : 04/16/2020
Release date: 05/05/2020
Genre: Children's
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