Shu-Li and Tamara
by Paul Yeeillustrated by Shaoli Wang
Shu-Li's family moved to Canada two years ago. They now run a Chinese deli in Vancouver's Commerical Drive area. Her classmate Tamara recently moved into the neighbourhood. The two girls become good friends, but an ugly rumour threatens their relationship.
Themes: friendship, recipes,food,Chinese culture, Vancouver,
“Vivid characters and challenging plots create thought-provoking moral ambiguity for Yee's readership. His themes—challenging new responsibilities, exotic foods, charity fundraising projects—provide a wealth of information, context, and stimulation for individual pondering and for group discussion.” - Paper Tigers
“This friendship book has an amiable tone, readable dialouge, and a believable plot.” School Library Journal
"The illustrations give [the Shu-Li books] a dynamic edge that would obviously find popularity with its target audience. Of course, the rather wholesome rhetorical nature of these books will have parents also approving of these narratives and characters." - Asian American Literature Fans
Paul Yee is one of Canada's finest writers for children. He was raised in Vancouver and now lives in Toronto. He won the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature for Ghost Train.
Shaoli Wang was born in China. She trained as an art teacher and graduated from the Department of Fines Arts of Qingdao Normal College, specializing in children's book illustration, gouache and oil painting. She now lives in BC.