The Chicago Tribune:
“…The intricacies of friendship,
even when we recognize the limits of the people we'd like to like
us, ring true here. This one will resonate with many grade-school
“Once again, Marsden sensitively portrays Oy’s feelings as she tries to find her way between her immigrant family’s customs and values and those of the children at school.”
School Library Journal
“A perennial topic is handled with poignancy and grace.”
HOW I GOT THE IDEA
The Quail Club is the sequel to The Gold-Threaded Dress. When my daughter, Preeya, was in a school in La Jolla, there was a talent show. Her friends wanted her to do a jazzy Brittany Spears kind of dance, whereas Preeya preferred to do her Thai dance. Once again, as a fiction writer, I kept my ears open and watched carefully!
IDEAS FOR CLASSROOM DISCUSSION:
*what it's like to be an immigrant
*what does it mean to be a friend?
*what does it mean to compromise?