February 6, 2018
Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster

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An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and crush on a Japanese classmate.

At seventeen, Mei Lu should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth—that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

But when she reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?

From debut author Gloria Chao comes a hilarious, heartfelt tale of how unlike the panda, life isn’t always so black and white.

Early Praise for American Panda

“Vibrant, complex, and refreshing, this book crafts a nuanced view of growing up in a family beholden to centuries of tradition . . . Chao’s also wickedly funny . . . A soulful and hilarious debut.”
★ Booklist, Starred Review

“Chao’s effervescent debut explores topics and themes that are salient for all teens—finding oneself and establishing an identity separate from one’s family . . . With sensitivity and an abundance of humor . . . ”
★ Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review

American Panda is a Junior Library Guild selection!



Fall 2019
Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster

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When another Taiwanese family moves to her small, predominantly white Midwestern town, a teen outcast is simultaneously swept up in a whirlwind romance and down a rabbit hole of dark family secrets.