"Marsden paints a realistic picture of life in a school of immigrants, where most students are from Mexico. The teacher Americanizes Oy's Thai name, and the class bully labels her Chinese. Marsden uses humor to explore themes such as peer pressure and popularity, belonging, friendship, family ties and tradition, honesty and selfhood. And she does so without overloading her diminutive novel."
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In Thailand, Oy was called by her own name, but in her first school in America, the teacher renames her Olivia. Everything else is different too. The other girls leave her out of their games, and a boy named Frankie teases her. Then Liliandra, a popular girl in the class, sees a photo of Oy in her Thai dancing dress and offers to let Oy into her club if she brings the dress to school. Oy knows that would be a betrayal of her family?s traditions, but she wants so much to belong. At home, fingering the pink silk of her dress, Oy makes a decision. ?Marsden hits the issues of this age group squarely and truthfully.? ? Publishers Weekly (starred review)?Marsden writes with keen observation and finesse about the social dynamics of the classroom and with simplicity reveals the layers of emotion experienced by Oy.? ? Booklist (starred review)?A simple story about the painstaking effort of trying to fit in.? ? School Library Journal