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Lizzy Lin Sets the World Straight

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Twelve-year-old Lizzy loves playing soccer with her best friend. She would play twenty-four/seven if her adoptive mom would let her. However, Mom wants Lizzy to experience some of her birth Country’s culture and enrolls her daughter in a Chinese dance class. Everyone likes and accepts Lizzy, even the boys on her soccer team, so she decides to give the class a try. She’s cool being an Asian American adoptee.


From the minute she opens her mouth and says “hi” to the Red Scarf dancers, she is rejected by the “real Chinese” girls. Lizzy seeks help from her former crib mate and now sorta sister to join the class as her ally. But Zoe sides with the dancers instead and agrees with them. They call Lizzy a banana – yellow on the outside but white inside.

Lizzy has never been called a mean name. For the first time ever, she questions if it really is cool being an Asian American.

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Kathy Nieber

Madison-based children's book author


About the Author

Storyteller at Heart

I'm a Madison area middle grade writer. I was one of six kids, and all five of us girls shared one bedroom. My only brother had his own room with a tiny closet, filled with all of our coats. That was my favorite place to hide and read. Armed with a flashlight, I'd escape to Narnia until Mom called me to do chores. She always knew where to find me.

Today I escape to my favorite spot by the fireplace to indulge in my second love - writing books about middle graders, whom I taught and counseled for over thirty years.

I also love traveling, cheering on Wisconsin's Bucky Badger, biking, gardening, and hanging out with my family which is my constant joy.

Picture books

Picture Books

Jack and the Snackasaurus is dedicated to my adult son Jacob who can read this adventurous tale featuring imaginary friends with his son. Gingko Finds Her Forever Home is dedicated to my two adopted daughters, Emily and Maia, my forever daughters.

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Middle Grade Books

I learned from my middle school counselees that pain is universal. Be they adopted, autistic, victim, or questioning. Hope is also universal but usually hidden away like their deep secrets. These same students just want the world to not give up on them. These middle grade novels' protagonists share some of their stories. One seventh grade boy told me he just wanted someone to tell his story, but "give it a happy ending."

My stories offer hope for healing.