Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Making Friends with Billy Wong

WoW is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share the titles we can't wait to release.

Learned about this last week when the author posted a link to her interview on Watch, Connect, Read.

Making Friends with Billy Wong by Augusta Scattergood. 224 p. Scholastic Inc. August 30, 2016. 9780545924252.

Publisher synopsis: Azalea is not happy about being dropped off to care for Grandmother Clark.  Paris Junction is nothing like her Texas hometown. And now she's been thrown together with, troubled Willis DeLoach, gossipy Melinda Bowman, and Billy Wong, a Chinese-American boy who has his own troubles. Billy's parents own the Lucky Foods grocery store, where days are long, and folks aren't always friendly. Inspired by the true stories of Chinese immigrants who came to the American south during the civil rights era, this poignant story reminds us all that home is where our hearts reside, and that friends can come to us in the most unexpected ways. This brilliantly nuanced novel is delivering a unique literary format. The story is told from two points of view: Billy Wong is rendered in clipped verse narratives that are interspersed with Azalea's emotionally expressive prose.

Ms. Scattergood is a quiet writer with a big heart. Her books reflect this. I so enjoyed Glory Be and The Way to Stay in Destiny and am looking forward to this one as well.


  1. Thank you for this, Brenda. My very first google alert about my new book-to-be. Pretty exciting!