AMERICAN PANDA is out in the world today!

Thank you so much for all of your support. I am so grateful to everyone who has read, reviewed, tweeted, and created fan art, and YOU are the reason that I write.

American Panda Preorder Links:  57th Street Books (Signed Copies!) |​ IndieBound | Book DepositoryBarnes & Noble | Books-a-Million | Amazon | Target

American Panda is also available in Target stores!


If you haven’t already, preorder receipts (including any orders placed today, February 6th!) emailed to will receive access to exclusive content! One grand prize winner in the US will receive a box of books from my agent, Kathleen Rushall, curated to their tastes!


If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the American Panda cartoon designed by talented Mai Nguyen!



All signed copies will be stamped with my personal name seal with my Chinese name, 趙振方. Signed copies can be ordered from  57th Street Books.

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Here’s are some select events I will be attending this coming year! For more events and an updated list, please click the Book Tour image. I hope to meet you at a book event in the future!

A huge thank you again to everyone who has preordered, tweeted, reviewed, and told their friends about AMERICAN PANDA! I am sending each of you a huge panda hug and an e-mug of hot chocolate! When you get your copy, don’t forget to look under the dust jacket for a delicious surprise!

I hope I get to meet some of you at book events, and please, please, say hello on social media!


B&N Teen Blog Most Anticipated Debuts 2018
Justine Magazine’s Most Anticipated Books 2018 

“Delightful, funny, and heartwarming.” Buzzfeed

“Vibrant, complex, and refreshing . . . a soulful and hilarious debut.” —★ Booklist, starred review

“Effervescent.” —★ Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Charming, funny, and true-to-life . . . This deserves a place on every shelf, though it will not stay there long.” —★ VOYA, starred review

“The themes of defying parental expectations, following dreams, and fighting to belong are universal.”—★ School Library Journal, starred review

“An earnest, funny, and emotional story.” —Book Riot

“American Panda is an absolute delight; an insightful, incisive, and often hilarious story of one girl’s struggle to balance her family’s expectations against her own secret ambitions. Overflowing with wit and empathy, Chao’s debut charmed my socks off.” —David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite and Mosquitoland

“A charming and hilarious tale of a precocious Taiwanese American walking the tightrope of family expectations…in ice skates. Mei Lu is a goofy, lovable American teenager. I loved her.” Stacey Lee, award-winning author of Outrun the Moon

“Incredibly timely, honest, and moving—the must-read book of the season!” Sandhya Menon, New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi 

“A dazzling debut that hooked me with its humor and heart from the very first page.” Lisa Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Magician

“The perfect coming of age story for anyone who’s ever felt unsure of where they belong.” —Kerri Maniscalco, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Stalking Jack the Ripper

10 thoughts on “RELEASE DAY!!!!!!!

    • Gloria says:

      Thank you so much, Katherine! If you order from 57th Street Books, in the comments, you can either request it just signed, or you can add your name and I will personalize it to you (and since I know it’s you, I’ll add an extra message!). I’ll be going there on the 10th to sign books so they should be in the mail shortly after that! Let me know if you have any other questions! Thank you so, so much!

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    • Gloria says:

      Loie, thank you so much for your lovely comment! I am so thrilled you’re enjoying the book (and I’m so happy you have laughed out loud!), and I so appreciate you taking the time to let me know. Thank you for making my day! ❤

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