The Legend of Auntie Po

By Shing Yin Khor,

Book cover of The Legend of Auntie Po

Book description

A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
 
Part historical fiction, part fable, and 100 percent adventure. Thirteen-year-old Mei reimagines the myths of Paul Bunyan as starring a Chinese heroine while she works in a Sierra Nevada logging camp in 1885.

Cover may vary.
 
Aware of the racial tumult in the years after…

Shepherd is reader supported. We may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through links on our website. (learn more)

Why read it?

2 authors picked The Legend of Auntie Po as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I love learning about life in another time period through a story. This one transported me to a logging camp in 1885. I learned about the life of the camp, the hard and dangerous work, and the treatment of the Chinese workers. 

Mei is the daughter of a Chinese cook. She dreams of studying at the university, but doubts she will ever be able to, because of her Chinese origins. 

I loved the deep but complex friendships between Mei and the foreman’s daughter and between Mei’s father and the foreman himself. I loved the affection between Mei and her father,…

Shing Yin Khor is one of my all-time favorite artists and creators. They have several works out and you should read all of them. The Legend of Auntie Po is a graphic novel about historical racism and trauma that focuses on the perspectives of the people affected by these issues, and the humanity we all share.

Want books like The Legend of Auntie Po?

Our community of 6,000+ authors has personally recommended 10 books like The Legend of Auntie Po.

Browse books like The Legend of Auntie Po

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in Chinese Americans, folklore, and China?

6,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about Chinese Americans, folklore, and China.

Chinese Americans Explore 36 books about Chinese Americans
Folklore Explore 212 books about folklore
China Explore 419 books about China