About this Book:
About this book:
Anna Mei and her friends Danny, Zandra, and Luis, have started seventh grade at Westside Junior High. This year, there's more homework-and less time for everything else! But Anna Mei's biggest problem comes when Kai Hao Chen-a been-there-done-that kid genius from Beijing, China-arrives and practically invades her whole world.
Anna Mei can't wait for the Chens to leave so things can get back to normal. To her it's clear that Kai's just a show off, but for some reason nobody else seems annoyed by him. But why do her parents keep acting like the Chens are their new best friends? And why do they expect her to do the same? After all, Anna Mei has nothing in common with them…or does she?
The popular Anna Mei series follows the life of Anna Mei Anderson, a young girl adopted from China as a baby. She has found a great group of friends after moving from Boston to a small town in Michigan. It's a challenge for her because she has an unusual name, an adoptive family she doesn't even resemble, and a birth mother somewhere back in China. As she struggles to fit in and find herself, Anna Mei discovers that real friendship-and real life-means being true to who she is, sharing challenges, and facing problems together.
About this author:
Carol A. Grund first introduced the character of Anna Mei Anderson in Anna Mei, Cartoon Girl (Pauline Books & Media, 2010). The enthusiastic response to that story inspired the further adventures of Anna Mei and her friends in Anna Mei, Escape Artist (Pauline Books & Media, 2011), and Anna Mei, Blessing in Disguise. Carol's stories and poems have appeared in children's magazines and book anthologies, including Ladybug, Ladybug (Carus Publishing), Friend 2 Friend, Celebrate the Season and Family Matters (all from Pauline Books & Media). She has also contributed to several Chicken Soup for the Soul collections. Find more about Carol-and a special Anna Mei site-at CarolAGrund.com.