Perfect for fans of Kelly Yang and Jessica Kim, this joyful, moving middle grade contemporary follows a big-hearted Taiwanese American girl as she aims to gain her family’s acceptance and save her favorite boba tea shop by selling her handcrafted amigurumi dolls.
Pearl Li is ready to spend the summer before seventh grade hanging out with her two best friends, crocheting the cutest amigurumi dolls, and visiting her favorite tea shop, Boba Time. Its quirky owner, Auntie Cha, is the only adult Pearl can confide in about her art—if only her tech-obsessed family would understand her love of crafts!
After Pearl learns of Boba Time’s financial troubles, she decides to sell her amigurumi to raise money for the shop. But as she navigates the ups and downs of running a business, Pearl realizes that monetizing her passion is more complicated than she could’ve ever imagined. Can Pearl save Boba Time before it’s too late?
Featuring fun backmatter—including a delicious boba tea recipe—this is a heartfelt story about advocating for your passions and uncovering big truths about friendship, family, and entrepreneurship along the way.
About the Author
Nicole Chen writes books celebrating the diversity reflected in families all over the world. Her experience growing up Taiwanese American, combined with the Catalan and Spanish influences in her home now, fuels her desire to tell stories that reflect a multicultural American identity. Nicole lives in Menlo Park, California, with her Andorran husband and their young daughter. She is the author of It's Boba Time for Pearl Li! and Lily Xiao Speaks Out. Visit Nicole online at storiesbynicolechen.com.
“The book’s genuine tone and appreciation of craft, culture, and community will capture readers’ attention. A well-crafted tale filled with heart.” — Kirkus Reviews
“An upbeat story of being true to oneself while embracing one’s culture and developing empathy.” — Publishers Weekly