Picture Us in the Light

by Kelly Loy Gilbert

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  • Item #5036 in BookBeat BookBeat
    • Grades: 8 - 12
    • Ages: 13 - and up
    Award:
    Stonewall Honor
    • Format: Paperback Book
      Paperback Book
Short Summary
A box of old letters thrusts Danny Cheng on a journey that reveals the unquiet ghosts of the past…and changes his future forever.

Good For:
Heartbreaking Page Turner, Contemporary Award-Winner Destined to Be a Classic, Authentic Teen Dialogue, Sparking Complex Conversations About Coming to Terms with Family Legacies

Topics and Themes:
Immigrants, The Past and the Future, Secrets, Teen Love
This title contains mature language and subject matter and may not be appropriate for every student.

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Danny has been an artist for as long as he can remember, and it seems his path is set, with a scholarship to RISD and his family’s blessing to pursue the career he’s always dreamed of. Still, contemplating a future without his best friend, Harry Wong, by his side makes Danny feel a panic he can barely put into words. Harry’s and Danny’s lives are deeply intertwined, and as they approach the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that shook their friend group to its core, Danny can’t stop asking himself if Harry is truly in love with his girlfriend, Regina Chan.

In addition, Danny Cheng has always known his parents have secrets. But when he discovers a taped-up box in his father’s closet filled with old letters and a file on a powerful Bay Area family, he realizes there’s much more to his family’s past than he ever imagined. And when he digs deeper, he uncovers a secret that disturbs the foundations of his family history, and the carefully constructed façade his parents have maintained begins to crumble.
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Product Details

    • Grades: 8 - 12
    • Ages: 13 - and up
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-484-73411-7