Unidentified Suburban Object by Mike Jung. 265 p. Arthur A. Levine Books/ Scholastic Inc., April 26, 2016. 9780545
Publisher synopsis: The next person who compares Chloe Cho with famous violinist Abigail Yang is going to HEAR it. Chloe has just about had it with people not knowing the difference between someone who's Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. She's had it with people thinking that everything she does well -- getting good grades, winning first chair in the orchestra, et CETera -- are because she's ASIAN.
First line: The recipe for Korean dumplings on the K-Chow Goddess's blog has a picture of her dumplings after they've been made but before they've been cooked, and they look so good you can practically smell them.
"I mean, why don't you ever talk about Korea? I ask you stuff and you totally ignore me!"
Dad stopped, still facing away from me, and put his hands on his hips. He blew out a long breath, turned around, pulled the stepladder away from the loach tank, and sat on it.
"Aren't parents supposed to be happy when their kids want to talk about stuff like this? Why aren't you happy??" I crossed my arms. The apron made a plasticky crinkle sound against my chest.
"Chloe, I'm happy, honestly. And I'm not trying to ignore you, it's just..."
"It's just that you ARE."
It's not that simple, honey. Talking about Korea...it's complicated, and painful."
"So what? I'm not in kindergarten, you know."