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Let’s jump into this exciting and timely book about moving across the world during a pandemic!

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.

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Why Read This Book?

• Extremely timely

• Something every kid in the world can relate to

• Packed with humor

• Short chapters, perfect for class read-alouds

• Explores current events

• Delves into immigration, ADHD

• Shows the power of community

• Based on the author's REAL life experience moving across the world during the pandemic with her three children!

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Kelly thinks...

This is a heartwarming story of hope and resilience about my family's move from Hong Kong to the United States during the pandemic! There were highs, lows, and everything in between as we strived to find normalcy in the most chaotic and extraordinary of times. I am excited to share and discuss this very personal piece of mine with kids around the world!

Reading Schedule:

You can start reading with your class anytime on or before September 19, 2022! Each week, you should aim to read 10 chapters (the chapters are short!). Please submit questions you have as a class by Friday evening. Videos will be posted over the weekend!

Week 1: Sept 19 – Sept 23, Chapters 1- 10
Week 2: Sept 26 – Sept 30, Chapters 11-20
Week 3: Oct 3 – Oct 7, Chapters 21-30
Week 4: Oct 10-14, Chapter 31-40
Week 5: Oct 17 – 21, Chapter 41 -50
Week 6: Oct 24 – 28, Chapters 51-60
Week 7: Oct 31- Nov 4, Chapters 61-74
Week 8: Nov 7 – 11, Chapters 75-89
Week 9: Nov 14 – 18, Chapters 90 to the END

Book Party LIVE with Author: Dec 7, 2022 at 8:30am PST/11:30am EST!

Submit your questions for the author each week! Submit by Friday of that week!


You can join as a class, or as an individual student! If joining as an individual student, you must get your parent's consent. Please print out and have your parent fill out the form below and send it to us in the Google Form for joining the Book Club!


Kelly answers randomly selected student questions for NEW FROM HERE each week from Sept 19-Dec 7! Submit questions via the Google Form each Friday!

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