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E.L. Shen in conversation about her new book Maybe It’s a Sign

January 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Seventh-grader Freya June Sun has always believed in the Chinese superstitions spoon-fed to her since birth. Ever since her dad’s death a year ago, she’s become obsessed with them, and believes that her father is sending her messages from beyond. Like how, on her way to an orchestra concert where she’s dreading her viola solo, a pair of lucky red birds appear–a sure indication that Dad wants Freya to stick with the instrument and make him proud.

Then Freya is partnered with Gus Choi, a goofy and super annoying classmate, for a home economics project. To her surprise, as they experiment with recipes and get to know each other, Freya finds that she may love baking more than music. It could be time for a big change in her life, even though her dad hasn’t sent a single sign. But with the help of her family, Gus (who might not be so annoying after all), and two maybe-magical birds, Freya learns that to be her own person, she might just have to make her own luck.


E.L Shen will be in conversation with Christina Li. CHRISTINA LI is the author of children’s and YA books Clues to the Universe, which was a Washington Post summer book club pick, Ruby Lost and Found, which was an NPR, Kirkus, and New York Public Library Best Book of the Year, and the forthcoming True Love and Other Impossible Odds (from HarperCollins / Quill Tree Books). She grew up in the Midwest and California but now calls New York home


January 25
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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