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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Name Me Nobody

Title Book: Name Me Nobody

Author: Lois-Ann Yamanaka

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Heritage: Japanese American

Published Date: 2000

Blurb: Thirteen-year-old Emi-Lou feels like a nobody- she's overweight, her mom lives in faraway California and rarely visits or calls, and she doesn't know who her father is. The only people who make her feel like somebody are her brave, blunt grandma, and her best friend, Von. "Where Von go, Louie-Louie go", their families and friends say. But now Emi-Lou fears that Von is going somewhere she can't follow. You has feelings for Babes, an older girl on their softball team. Emi-Lou wants desperately for Von to be "normal", for them to be the same best friends they've always been. What will Emi-Lou be without Von? Nobody, she thinks. But her desperate actions to hold to her best friend just may break them apart forever.

About the Author:

Lois-Ann Yamanaka is a Japanese-American writer who grew up in Hawaii. With a unique voocie that often uses pidgin English, Yamanaka's novels tackle themes of Asian-American families and local Hawaiian culture. She is the author of Saturday Night at the Pahala Theatre, Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers, Blu's Hanging, Heads by Harry, Father of the Four Passages, and a young adult novel, Name Me Nobody. She is the winner of a 1998 Lannan Literary Award and the 1998 Asian American Literary Award, and lives in Honolulu with her husband and son.

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