Fall 2020

Like Spilled Water

  • Interest Level: Grade 8 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

Nineteen-year-old Na has always lived in the shadow of her younger brother, Bao-bao, her parents’ cherished son. Years ago, Na’s parents left her in the countryside and went to work in the city, bringing Bao-bao along and committing everything to his education.

But when Bao-bao dies suddenly, Na realizes how little she knew him. Did he really kill himself because of a low score on China’s all-important college entrance exam? Na learns that Bao-bao had many secrets and that his death may not be what it seems. Na’s parents expect her to quit her vocational school and go to work, forcing Na to confront traditional expectations for and pressures on young women.

Format Your Price
978-1-5415-7290-4
$14.24
978-1-5415-9932-1
$21.99
Interest Level Grade 8 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Fiction, Young Adult
Category Diversity, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 216
Publication Date 2020-09-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF046030, YAF018070, YAF058050
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 830
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

“[F]ilters detailed depictions of filial piety, funeral rites, grief, romantic relationships, and parental support through a modern teenager’s perspective. . . . Will lead readers through a quiet revolution.”—Kirkus Reviews

Amelia Brunskill

“Family obligations, personal desires, and secret lives collide in this tense yet graceful novel about a girl seeking the truth behind her brother’s unexpected death.”—Amelia Brunskill, author of The Window

Author: Jennie Liu

Jennie Liu is the daughter of Chinese immigrants. She has been fascinated by the attitudes, social policies, and changes in China each time she visits. She lives in North Carolina with her family.

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Like Spilled Water

Nineteen-year-old Na has always lived in the shadow of her younger brother, Bao-bao, her parents’ cherished son. Years ago, Na’s parents left her in the countryside and went to work in the city, bringing Bao-bao along and committing everything to his education. … View available downloads →