New From Here

A Heartwarming Story Of Hope

Perfect for class discussions about our collective experience during these extraordinary times!

From the New York Times bestselling author of Front Desk comes a poignant middle grade novel about courage, hope, and resilience as an Asian American boy fights to keep his family together during the initial outbreak of the coronavirus.

When the coronavirus hits Hong Kong, ten-year-old Knox Wei-Evans’s mom makes the last-minute decision to move him and his siblings back to California, where they think they will be safe. Suddenly, Knox has two days to prepare for an international move—and for leaving his dad, who has to stay for work.

At his new school in California, Knox struggles with being the new kid. His classmates think that because he’s from Asia, he must have brought over the virus. At home, Mom just got fired and is panicking over the loss of health insurance, and Dad doesn’t even know when he’ll see them again, since the flights have been cancelled. And everyone struggles with Knox’s blurting-things-out problem.

As racism skyrockets during COVID-19, Knox tries to stand up to hate, while finding his place in his new country. Can you belong if you’re feared; can you protect if you’re new? And how do you keep a family together when you’re oceans apart? Sometimes when the world is spinning out of control, the best way to get through it is to embrace our own lovable uniqueness.

Set during the pandemic, NEW FROM HERE pays tribute to the ingenuity of teachers, the importance of community and the resilience and courage of children!


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"An unforgettable read. Gripping...empowering...compelling. Yang makes a fierce entrance into YA."

-- ALA Booklist, starred review

"This is a powerful exploration of race, class, and power through multiple lenses, the most powerful being sexual harassment and rape. An engrossing read that will spark discussions on a wide range of issues."

--School Library Journal, starred review

"This is a multifaceted read, by turns poignant, fun, and exultant in its celebration of the multitudinous experiences and strength inherent in diasporic identity."

--Publisher's Weekly, starred review

“Parachutes is sure to establish Kelly Yang as one of YA’s most vital new voices."

--BookPage, starred review

"Yang has created two distinct and vibrant voices that shimmer with passion for both justice and independence."

--Horn Book

“Parachutes is a force. As fast-paced as it is powerful, its story of immigration, social class, and rape culture calls out the damaging consequences of privilege in ways that will make readers want to speak up and take action.” 

--Randy Ribay, National Book Award finalist and author of Patron Saints of Nothing

Parachutes is not just a searing drama that explores the lives of Asians in America, it’s a courageous, empowering story about how high women can soar when they lift each other up.”

--Stacey Lee, award-winning author of The Downstairs Girl

Copyright Kelly Yang 2019
PARACUTES Art © Chung-Yun Yoo.