Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee
Maizy Chen is not happy to spend her summer in Last Chance, a small town in Minnesota away from her home and friends in California. But her family’s restaurant The Golden Palace where Maizy will be spending her time in Last Chance holds many secrets and stories. As Maizy delves into these stories with her “Opa” she discovers her family history and learns about her great great grandfather Lucky. Lucky worked hard to make theThe Golden Palace a success and a safe haven for many Chinese immigrants traveling through Last Chance to a better future for themselves. Maizy soon learns that her grandparents continue this tradition of helping others but not without obstacles and people in their way that seek to harm them.
This book is a celebration of friendships, family, food, and stories – especially the immigrant story. Every immigrant’s story is different, but the same in the grit and determination to make it despite the obstacles and injustices that are often placed in their paths.