Booklist: Shang's solid debut wonderfully captures the unbearable, terrible unfairness of being a tween balanced between two cultures
Publisher's Weekly: Bolstered by frequent use of Chinese language and proverbs, this is a realistic and amusing portrait of family dynamics, heritage, and the challenge of feeling like an outsider--even in one's own family.
From Kirkus Reviews:
"Lucy Wu may only be 4 feet tall, but she has big (and brilliantly on-the-money kidlike) dreams..."
Lucy Wu, basketball star and interior designer, is on the verge of having the best year of her life. She's ready to rule the school as a sixth grader and take over the bedroom she has always shared with her sister. In an instant, though, her plans are shattered when she finds out that Yi Po, her beloved grandmother's sister, is coming to visit for several months -- and is staying in Lucy's room. Lucy's vision of a perfect year begins to crumble, and in its place come an unwelcome roommate, foiled birthday plans, and Chinese school with the awful Talent Chang.
Her plans are ruined -- or are they? Like the Chinese saying goes: Events that appear to be good or bad luck often turn out to be quite the opposite, and Lucy finds that while she may not get the "perfect" year she had in mind, she can create something even better.
Recognition for THE GREAT WALL OF LUCY WU
2013-2014 Connecticut Nutmeg Award
2013-2014 Washington State Sasquatch Reading Award
2013-2014 Volunteer State Book Award (Tennessee)
2013-2014 Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Maryland)
2012-2013 Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominee
2012 Kansas Reading Circle Catalog
2013 Maine State Book Award Nominee
2013 Rhode Island Children's Book Award
2012-2013 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Master List (Vermont)
2012-2013 CyFair ISD Horned Toad Tales (Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, Texas)
2012 Capitol Choices of Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens
2012 NCTE/CLA Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts.
The Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices List
Bank Street College, Best Children's Books of the Year list.
The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association,
2012 Children's Literature Award
Finalist in the CYBILS (Children's and Young Adult Blogger Literary Awards) Middle-Grade Fiction category for 2011
The American Booksellers Association, New Voices selection
Silver Honors from Parents' Choice