Ruby Lost and Found

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With three starred reviews, this contemporary middle grade maps one girl’s quest to visit her late Ye-Ye’s favorite spots in San Francisco’s Chinatown and her fight against gentrification with a new friend. 

Thanks to her ye-ye’s epic scavenger hunts, Ruby Chu knows San Francisco like the back of her hand. But when he dies, she feels lost. It seems like everyone, from her best friends to her older sister, is abandoning her—and after Ruby gets caught skipping lunch to avoid sitting alone, she’s staring down a summer spent at her nai-nai’s senior center. When a new boy from Ruby’s class, Liam Yeung, starts showing up, too, Ruby’s humiliation is complete.

But Nai-Nai, her friends, and Liam all surprise Ruby. She finds herself working with Liam, who might not be as annoying as he seems, to help save a historic Chinatown bakery that’s being priced out of the neighborhood. Alongside Nai-Nai, who is keeping a secret that threatens to change everything, Ruby retraces Ye-Ye’s scavenger hunt maps in an attempt to find a way out of her grief—and maybe even find herself. 


Christina Li is the author of the middle grade novels Clues to the Universe and Ruby Lost and Found, which won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Children's Literature, as well as the forthcoming teen novel True Love and Other Impossible Odds. At any given time she is probably daydreaming about characters and drinking too much jasmine green tea. She grew up in the Midwest and California but now calls New York home


“With wonderfully nuanced characters, Li crafts a beautiful intergenerational story about grief and the struggle of changing friendships. Engaging, cultural, and authentic—everything I love about storytelling can be found here.”  -Chrystal D. Giles, critically acclaimed author of Not an Easy Win "A warm, beautiful read. Ruby Lost and Found brings the most tender touch to a story brimming with hope and loving memory."  -Chloe Gong, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Foul Lady Fortune “A beautiful story balancing the ever-present question of what to fight for and what to let go of. Full of friendships, loss, and heart-wrenching realizations, Ruby Lost and Found is a guide to overcoming the inevitable.”  -M.T. Khan, author of Nura and the Immortal Palace “Readers will fall in love with Ruby and her quest to find joy, family, community, and friendship after a loss.”  -Sylvia Liu, author of Hana Hsu and the Ghost Crab Nation "A warm hug to readers searching for their own place to belong." -Adrianna Cuevas, Pura Belpré Honor-winning author "Essential reading for anyone who needs a reminder that the love someone's given them never goes away." -Jake Maia Arlow, Stonewall Honor-winning author

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