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"From debut author Van Hoang comes Girl Giant and the Monkey King, a tale packed with magic, adventure, and middle-school woes—perfect for fans of Rick Riordan and Roshani Chokshi. Eleven-year-old Thom Ngho is keeping a secret: she’s strong. Like suuuuper strong. Freakishly strong. And it’s making it impossible for her to fit in at her new middle school. In a desperate bi "From debut author Van Hoang comes Girl Giant and the Monkey King, a tale packed with magic, adventure, and middle-school woes—perfect for fans of Rick Riordan and Roshani Chokshi. Eleven-year-old Thom Ngho is keeping a secret: she’s strong. Like suuuuper strong. Freakishly strong. And it’s making it impossible for her to fit in at her new middle school. In a desperate bid to get rid of her super strength, Thom makes a deal with the Monkey King, a powerful deity and legendary trickster she accidentally released from his 500-year prison sentence. Thom agrees to help the Monkey King get back his magical staff if he'll take away her strength. Soon Thom is swept up in an ancient and fantastical world in where demons, dragons, and Jade princesses actually exist. But she quickly discovers that magic can’t cure everything, and dealing with the trickster god might be more trouble than it’s worth."


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"From debut author Van Hoang comes Girl Giant and the Monkey King, a tale packed with magic, adventure, and middle-school woes—perfect for fans of Rick Riordan and Roshani Chokshi. Eleven-year-old Thom Ngho is keeping a secret: she’s strong. Like suuuuper strong. Freakishly strong. And it’s making it impossible for her to fit in at her new middle school. In a desperate bi "From debut author Van Hoang comes Girl Giant and the Monkey King, a tale packed with magic, adventure, and middle-school woes—perfect for fans of Rick Riordan and Roshani Chokshi. Eleven-year-old Thom Ngho is keeping a secret: she’s strong. Like suuuuper strong. Freakishly strong. And it’s making it impossible for her to fit in at her new middle school. In a desperate bid to get rid of her super strength, Thom makes a deal with the Monkey King, a powerful deity and legendary trickster she accidentally released from his 500-year prison sentence. Thom agrees to help the Monkey King get back his magical staff if he'll take away her strength. Soon Thom is swept up in an ancient and fantastical world in where demons, dragons, and Jade princesses actually exist. But she quickly discovers that magic can’t cure everything, and dealing with the trickster god might be more trouble than it’s worth."

30 review for Girl Giant and the Monkey King

  1. 4 out of 5

    Van Hoang

    I have worked so hard on this story of my heart, but so many people helped me get here and poured just as many hours into this book. My editor Mekisha Telfer shaped this story into something beautiful and brought these characters to life. My agent Mary C. Moore fanned the flames and helped me create something out of nothing. Aurora Parlagreco designed the beautiful cover, with illustrations by Phung Nguyen Quang and Huynh Kim Lien. So many others on the team at Roaring Brook Press and Macmillan I have worked so hard on this story of my heart, but so many people helped me get here and poured just as many hours into this book. My editor Mekisha Telfer shaped this story into something beautiful and brought these characters to life. My agent Mary C. Moore fanned the flames and helped me create something out of nothing. Aurora Parlagreco designed the beautiful cover, with illustrations by Phung Nguyen Quang and Huynh Kim Lien. So many others on the team at Roaring Brook Press and Macmillan contributed so much to make this book possible: Taylor Pitts, Allyson Floridia, Celeste Cass, Connie Hsu, Jennifer Besser, Mary Van Akin, Cynthia Lliguichuzhca, Melissa Croce, Kathryn Little, Olivia Oleck, and Caitlin Crocker. And of course all my readers, it wouldn't exist without you. Thank you thank you thank you 💛🧡❤️

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle

    I love this story so much. Van has created an incredibly fun, adventurous, and heartfelt book. I cannot wait for the rest of the world to meet Thom and the trickster Monkey King!

  3. 4 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Middle grade books with mythology are probably my favorite middle grades. Ever since Rick Riordan's imprint, I've become obsessed with books that make mythology and diverse cultures more accessible for younger readers. While Girl Giant and the Monkey King might skew a bit younger than some of the other Riordan stories, it shares the discussion about culture. Set in a contemporary set (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Middle grade books with mythology are probably my favorite middle grades. Ever since Rick Riordan's imprint, I've become obsessed with books that make mythology and diverse cultures more accessible for younger readers. While Girl Giant and the Monkey King might skew a bit younger than some of the other Riordan stories, it shares the discussion about culture. Set in a contemporary setting, Thom struggles to accept her powers and identity. This struggle became emotional to me as she does not want to embrace her Vietnamese roots (for culture day and lunch boxes). How her differences mark her apart from her peers in her new school and how, despite her ethnicity, she doesn't seem to be able to just fit in. For me, middle school was about trying to fit in, figuring out who we are in the midst of our peers, and how it feels to know you're the Outsider. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an electronic ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group through NetGalley. An excellent entry in the current world mythologies books. Van Hoang focuses on Vietnamese gods and introduces readers to the various immortals in this culture. Thom doesn't understand why she's so strong and tries to hide it. Not easy to do when one soccer kick not only scores the goal but breaks the back of the net and continues on; she also injures the goalie when it hits her too. Her mom and she have mo I received an electronic ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group through NetGalley. An excellent entry in the current world mythologies books. Van Hoang focuses on Vietnamese gods and introduces readers to the various immortals in this culture. Thom doesn't understand why she's so strong and tries to hide it. Not easy to do when one soccer kick not only scores the goal but breaks the back of the net and continues on; she also injures the goalie when it hits her too. Her mom and she have moved to the other side of the country - California, to keep her safe. Accidentally releasing the Monkey King launches adventures beyond the human world and the ending is open so book #2 can pick up the quest. Readers will relate to the swirl of emotions and choices Thom makes as she figures out who to trust. She makes several mistakes along the way just like any other young teenager. She also learns and attempts to solve the situations she created. The character interactions allow readers to feel like they are standing beside them and experiencing the adventures too. Looking forward to the next book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    April

    Girl Giant and the Monkey King is a creative and engaging take on the meet-the-gods genre. Thom is not only battling the popular bullies on her soccer team, she also has to hide her growing super strength. When she accidentally frees a demon demigod, she might finally get the chance to remove her curse, or find out it's not a curse after all. This story is full of well-realized characters and mythology that will be new to many readers. Also there's Kha, who I would have immediately fallen in *sq Girl Giant and the Monkey King is a creative and engaging take on the meet-the-gods genre. Thom is not only battling the popular bullies on her soccer team, she also has to hide her growing super strength. When she accidentally frees a demon demigod, she might finally get the chance to remove her curse, or find out it's not a curse after all. This story is full of well-realized characters and mythology that will be new to many readers. Also there's Kha, who I would have immediately fallen in *squee* love with as a tween. The last third of the book is non-stop. I cannot wait to read the sequel. I would recommend it to any kid who feels like they don't belong. Also, it's super satisfying to read something by someone you know and discover it's pretty great. :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    *Thanks to NetGalley for an eARC of this title.* Thom Ngho is 11, and everything is changing. Her mother just moved her from California - where she was a star soccer player, had an awesome best friend, and you could get bubble tea on every corner - to upstate New York, where she knows nobody. She joined the soccer team in an effort to make friends, but lately she's having a harder and harder time controlling her super strength. It's not a cool superpower, like being able to lift up a semi-truck ( *Thanks to NetGalley for an eARC of this title.* Thom Ngho is 11, and everything is changing. Her mother just moved her from California - where she was a star soccer player, had an awesome best friend, and you could get bubble tea on every corner - to upstate New York, where she knows nobody. She joined the soccer team in an effort to make friends, but lately she's having a harder and harder time controlling her super strength. It's not a cool superpower, like being able to lift up a semi-truck (though she can totally do that), but it's more, kicking a soccer ball so hard the goalie goes backward through the net with broken ribs, and knocking down a lamppost by leaning on it. IT STINKS. Then, she accidentally unleashes the Monkey King - it really was an accident! - and makes a deal with him to help her get rid of her powers. She knows he's a trickster god... but he's been so nice! It's not like she can trust anyone else, can she? Reader's Notes: A well-written demigod story, though Thom really isn't super likeable at the beginning. *Thanks to NetGalley for an eARC of this title.* Thom Ngho is 11, and everything is changing. Her mother just moved her from California - where she was a star soccer player, had an awesome best friend, and you could get bubble tea on every corner - to upstate New York, where she knows nobody. She joined the soccer team in an effort to make friends, but lately she's having a harder and harder time controlling her super strength. It's not a cool superpower, like being able to lift up a semi-truck (though she can totally do that), but it's more, kicking a soccer ball so hard the goalie goes backward through the net with broken ribs, and knocking down a lamppost by leaning on it. IT STINKS. Then, she accidentally unleashes the Monkey King - it really was an accident! - and makes a deal with him to help her get rid of her powers. She knows he's a trickster god... but he's been so nice! It's not like she can trust anyone else, can she? Reader's Notes: A well-written demigod story, though Thom really isn't super likeable at the beginning. It isn't this book's fault that I recently finished another super-strong-girl-meets-the-Monkey-King novel.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michele Knott

    A Vietnamese mythology story, hand this one to your Rick Riordan readers. A fun, quick paced story that looks to be the first in a series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Beth Mendelsohn

    I received this e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thom Ngho, age 11, is unhappy. She has just moved with her mother from California to Georgia, leaving her friends behind. She is having a hard time fitting in and getting bullied by two girls on her soccer team. On top of all that, Thom is super strong, like-rip-doors-off-hinges-accidentally strong. During a soccer game, she kicked the ball into the goalie and broke her ribs. Soon she meets Sun Wukong, I received this e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thom Ngho, age 11, is unhappy. She has just moved with her mother from California to Georgia, leaving her friends behind. She is having a hard time fitting in and getting bullied by two girls on her soccer team. On top of all that, Thom is super strong, like-rip-doors-off-hinges-accidentally strong. During a soccer game, she kicked the ball into the goalie and broke her ribs. Soon she meets Sun Wukong, the mischievous Monkey King demon-god. He convinces Thom that he can help her control her power. However, Thom really just wants her super strength gone. She makes a deal with the Monkey King to get back his cudgel in exchange for making her normal again. But can the powerful trickster god be trusted? I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would. Thom’s bullies seemed especially cruel. Thom comes across as immature, but she is only eleven. This book introduces many to the Vietnamese gods, many of whom are seen in Chinese fantasy books as well. That being said, I would still recommend this book for readers in grades 3 and up. #GirlGiantAndTheMonkeyKing #NetGalley

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tarryn

    Thank you Edelweiss for providing me with an ARC of this stellar middle grade novel. Van Hoang is coming out of the gate strong with her debut novel. It was a delight to get to go on this journey. It was a wonderful mix of Vietnamese mythologies with very realistic portrayals of youthful struggles. Thom may be super strong and have a burgeoning friendship with the mythical Monkey King but she’s also struggling with her own sense of self, fears of not fitting in, of feeling alone and abandoned - Thank you Edelweiss for providing me with an ARC of this stellar middle grade novel. Van Hoang is coming out of the gate strong with her debut novel. It was a delight to get to go on this journey. It was a wonderful mix of Vietnamese mythologies with very realistic portrayals of youthful struggles. Thom may be super strong and have a burgeoning friendship with the mythical Monkey King but she’s also struggling with her own sense of self, fears of not fitting in, of feeling alone and abandoned - Thom’s voice is very strong and you FEEL for her. It also helps that the story is beautifully told, specifically the final third of the book. I do feel as though at least the first half of the book felt a little aimless - there was only some semblance of structure but it was difficult to tell what the larger plot would *truly* be until at least 60% of the way through. This isn’t to say that the first 60% of the book wasn’t good - it absolutely was good, very good! But it did feel like it took quite a while for the book to really gain plot direction. But when it took off, it really took off and now here I am, around 3 months before this book is actually even released to everyone and I’m already wondering how on earth I’ll manage until I can get my hands on book 2!! Also, Thom’s mom is 1000% the best character. She’s incredible, I love her, I would die for her. Here are a few quotes (may differ from the final print of the book) that really just solidify why she’s incredible: “Why you upset? Who hit at you at school? Tell me. I sue them. I sue their parents. I sue everyone.” “Good,” Ma said. “They bully you, you punch them once and they never bully you again.” ‘But once Ma set her mind on something, she saw it through, like the time she sued their old temple for teaching antifeminist ideas.’ Girl Giant and the Monkey King comes out December 1st, 2020 and I would absolutely recommend checking it out, whether you’re Thom’s age, my age or literally any age, I think this story has something for everyone.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Linda Klein

    This review is based on an uncorrected advance reader's edition. A real winner! A Vietnamese girl struggles to hide her burgeoning superpower. Add into the mix the trickster of legend, the Monkey King, who claims to be her friend and will help her with her power. He is a trickster, but Thom starts to trust him and agrees to do him a favor. But an unwelcome dragon tries to thwart the plan. Such good detail, wonderful world building, all wrapped up in a real story of a girl's struggle with fitting This review is based on an uncorrected advance reader's edition. A real winner! A Vietnamese girl struggles to hide her burgeoning superpower. Add into the mix the trickster of legend, the Monkey King, who claims to be her friend and will help her with her power. He is a trickster, but Thom starts to trust him and agrees to do him a favor. But an unwelcome dragon tries to thwart the plan. Such good detail, wonderful world building, all wrapped up in a real story of a girl's struggle with fitting in, making new friends, and being "normal". If you like Riordan's mythological world, you need to read this book, because it's much better than those books! Looking forward to the next in the series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kylie Lee Baker

    This is such a charming and heartfelt story! I'm a slow reader but I devoured this in 2 days. Thom is such a sweet and captivating character that I didn't want to stop reading. I love the concept of the Monkey King as a character and it was executed in such an interesting way, really bringing to life a myth that I grew up with. Overall a really fun read that I plan on giving to the kids in my family when it comes out. This is such a charming and heartfelt story! I'm a slow reader but I devoured this in 2 days. Thom is such a sweet and captivating character that I didn't want to stop reading. I love the concept of the Monkey King as a character and it was executed in such an interesting way, really bringing to life a myth that I grew up with. Overall a really fun read that I plan on giving to the kids in my family when it comes out.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ami Schroder

    Great new adventure tale! Hand this to fans of Percy Jackson. Warning - this is book 1 so you’re going to have to wait for book 2!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thom Ngho isn't like other girls. She's strong. Like, super strong. Freaky strong. Like tear-the-handle-off-a-car-door strong. Like break-a-window-closing-it strong. Like send-people-to-the-hospital-with-a-kick-of-a-soccer-ball strong. Needless to say, this is not helping her make friends in her new middle school in Georgia--far, far away from California and the Vietnamese community she grew up in. It doesn't help th I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thom Ngho isn't like other girls. She's strong. Like, super strong. Freaky strong. Like tear-the-handle-off-a-car-door strong. Like break-a-window-closing-it strong. Like send-people-to-the-hospital-with-a-kick-of-a-soccer-ball strong. Needless to say, this is not helping her make friends in her new middle school in Georgia--far, far away from California and the Vietnamese community she grew up in. It doesn't help that her mom has been really cagey about why they moved so suddenly; sure, Ma says that she got a great paying job and found an excellent school for Thom, but how good can it be when Thom sticks out like a sore thumb as one of the only two Asian girls in school and is barely allowed off the bench at soccer games? After a visit to the temple, Thom gets an unexpected visitor: the Monkey King himself! He is sympathetic to her troubles and befriends her, taking her on adventures to his mountain home and helping her learn to use her strength. But when the Monkey King offers to take away her strength for good, Thom leaps at the opportunity. Even though it means taking huge risks. Even though it means breaking into Heaven. Even though it means stealing from the gods. Even though it could mean she loses her life.... I found this debut middle grade novel fun and fascinating. While I am somewhat familiar with the Monkey King legends in Chinese mythology through various retellings and stories, I have never seen the Monkey King through the Vietnamese lens--providing more depth and understanding to one of the most famous (and infamous) names in Asian-based mythology. Thom is also a fascinating character, because she doesn't set out to be a hero or even recruited to be a hero like other kids in mythology retellings like this; she just wants to be a normal girl with a normal life. But it also makes her decision to be a hero all the better. She makes mistakes; she allows herself to fall into pit-traps of adolescence. Thom is growing up, and growing up is tough enough without having super-strength. But she works hard, tries her best, and always tries to do the right thing. The question is, what is the right thing to do? "Girl Giant and the Monkey King" is a magical series-starter, one that is perfect for fans of "Aru Shah", "Percy Jackson", "The Dragon Warrior", and more!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karen Cohn

    I enjoyed this book so much that I read it in a single sitting. Thom (pronounced Tom) is an American-born girl with a Vietnamese single mother; she has never met her father. At the beginning of the book, Thom, who is in the 7th grade, is playing soccer for her school team, and kicks a ball so hard she injures the goalie on the opposing team. Thom's strength has been increasing to superhuman levels for years, but while she has accidentally broken things for years, she has never seriously injured I enjoyed this book so much that I read it in a single sitting. Thom (pronounced Tom) is an American-born girl with a Vietnamese single mother; she has never met her father. At the beginning of the book, Thom, who is in the 7th grade, is playing soccer for her school team, and kicks a ball so hard she injures the goalie on the opposing team. Thom's strength has been increasing to superhuman levels for years, but while she has accidentally broken things for years, she has never seriously injured another person before. The rest of her team - which has not really accepted her since she moved to the school 2 months earlier - doesn't know what to think, and that includes the coach; how many small, slightly-built girls can kick a soccer ball so hard that the recipient is hospitalized with multiple broken ribs? Thom's mother, concerned that Thom is not making friends, takes Thom to a local Vietnamese temple, where Thom finds a single hair hidden in a display. When she takes it home, it morphs into the Monkey King, a trickster demon-god from Vietnamese mythology. What follows is a grand quest, worthy of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson, as Thom tries to decide if the Monkey God is her friend or her foe, as well as if her new neighbor, Kha, is a friend or foe, as both try to help her (or so they both say) while trying to convince her that the other is trying to use her. Along the way, Thom tries to discover a way to get rid of her superhuman strength, both from fear that she will hurt someone else and to help her fit in more. Thom also directly experiences more of the Vietnamese gods she has heard about all her life, including her missing father. This was an enjoyable and fun read, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys stories with strong female leads, as well as anyone who enjoys mythology.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

    What a delightful story set in Vietnamese mythology! I felt for Thom Ngo throughout the book, from her frustrations with losing her friends in CA to being in a school in Georgia where she is the odd duck and one of two Asians in the school, to having to bring "ethnic" food to lunch and being bullied by the popular, aka mean girls for standing out. Not to mention her freakish super strength, which she is trying to keep a secret. As things ramp up, she doesn't know who she can trust and that's whe What a delightful story set in Vietnamese mythology! I felt for Thom Ngo throughout the book, from her frustrations with losing her friends in CA to being in a school in Georgia where she is the odd duck and one of two Asians in the school, to having to bring "ethnic" food to lunch and being bullied by the popular, aka mean girls for standing out. Not to mention her freakish super strength, which she is trying to keep a secret. As things ramp up, she doesn't know who she can trust and that's where she eventually learns not only who she is but who she wants to be. She realizes that there are some things she can't control (like being given super strength), but she CAN control how she uses it. My only sadness about finishing this book is that it leaves you kind of hanging, although some things are resolved (like she at least figures out some of the people she can trust). This was really a great story and I can not wait for the next installment! I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Katie Mac

    I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a promising #OwnVoices debut novel and a compelling start to a series. The pacing is such that the book held my interest the entire time (though Thom and her Ma were incredibly frustrating and unlikeable at times). I loved learning more about South Vietnamese culture and mythology, and there's enough action to propel the plot forward at an often-breakneck pace. It's always tough to read a galley with a cliffh I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a promising #OwnVoices debut novel and a compelling start to a series. The pacing is such that the book held my interest the entire time (though Thom and her Ma were incredibly frustrating and unlikeable at times). I loved learning more about South Vietnamese culture and mythology, and there's enough action to propel the plot forward at an often-breakneck pace. It's always tough to read a galley with a cliffhanger, but it made me even more excited to continue the series and recommend it to the library's middle-grade readers who are looking for a multicultural fantasy series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    George P.

    Girl Giant and the Monkey King is a wonderful story about an 11-year-old girl that moves from California to Georgia and finds herself trying to fit in in a mostly white school. Of course, to make things worse Thom is super strong which doesn't help at all, and her decision to make a deal with the Monkey King might just end up making a mess of it all. This middle-grade novel touches on cultural struggles that a lot of minorities deal with growing up, and in many cases as adults too, in an attempt Girl Giant and the Monkey King is a wonderful story about an 11-year-old girl that moves from California to Georgia and finds herself trying to fit in in a mostly white school. Of course, to make things worse Thom is super strong which doesn't help at all, and her decision to make a deal with the Monkey King might just end up making a mess of it all. This middle-grade novel touches on cultural struggles that a lot of minorities deal with growing up, and in many cases as adults too, in an attempt to fit the mold of what society has deemed to be an American while at the same time making the story fun and interesting.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Soup

    This one took me awhile to get into, but once the focus moved beyond Thom's ongoing angst about her lack of friends and her soccer-related fears and into the heavy magical/fantasy/mythological content I was hooked. The comparisons to Rick Riordan's various series (and, in particular, his 'Rick Riordan Presents' catalog) are justified, although the work might skew a bit younger than most of his works. Familiarity with the Vietnamese pantheon is unnecessary as Van Hoang does an excellent job of ex This one took me awhile to get into, but once the focus moved beyond Thom's ongoing angst about her lack of friends and her soccer-related fears and into the heavy magical/fantasy/mythological content I was hooked. The comparisons to Rick Riordan's various series (and, in particular, his 'Rick Riordan Presents' catalog) are justified, although the work might skew a bit younger than most of his works. Familiarity with the Vietnamese pantheon is unnecessary as Van Hoang does an excellent job of explaining the lore, key figures, and importance of every supernatural being encountered.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Colt

    I never like it when someone says "It's like popular thing X but with Y" because that's usually not a great indicator to the story... But this REALLY is like Percy Jackson. The biggest difference is I grew up learning Greek and Roman gods as part of history class, so I am not as familiar with Eastern mythology as I am with Western. And it's amazing to be learning along with the character! Adventure, Learning to accept who you are and stand up for yourself, understanding cultural identity, along w I never like it when someone says "It's like popular thing X but with Y" because that's usually not a great indicator to the story... But this REALLY is like Percy Jackson. The biggest difference is I grew up learning Greek and Roman gods as part of history class, so I am not as familiar with Eastern mythology as I am with Western. And it's amazing to be learning along with the character! Adventure, Learning to accept who you are and stand up for yourself, understanding cultural identity, along with a mischievous god and a dragon? What's not to love here?!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I've been reading plenty of middle grade fiction recently, thanks to being an EBOB coach and so I feel like I have some decent examples to compare this to. While the story is cute, there's something lacking about this book. Middle grade students will likely enjoy it, but there's almost too much going on with the soccer team, the neighbor boy, and the frustrations Thom faces with her culture and her overprotec I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I've been reading plenty of middle grade fiction recently, thanks to being an EBOB coach and so I feel like I have some decent examples to compare this to. While the story is cute, there's something lacking about this book. Middle grade students will likely enjoy it, but there's almost too much going on with the soccer team, the neighbor boy, and the frustrations Thom faces with her culture and her overprotective mother.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dana P

    Girl Giant and the Monkey King is a fun adventure that keeps you guessing. Thom’s new gift of super strength feels like a terrible burden. In a new school, friendless and now unable to enjoy her favorite sport, soccer she faces bullies and inner tumult. The Monkey King arrives- a friend from the history of her culture. As she learns more about herself, we learn about her Vietnamese culture. Thom searches for the meaning of family, of friendship, and of true might.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Krissy Neddo

    Almost didn’t finish. Too slow in parts. But good finish. Will my elementary readers stick with it? Probably not. Needed some tightening up. Best for MS collections. Thom’s insecurities were frustrating for me to read and were so depressing that almost dnf. I wished her growing confidence and the fantasy adventure hadn’t taken so long to get to.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Westerville

    I loved this book. Great Vietnamese mythology. Perfect for fans of Percy Jackson. - Lisa, Youth Services Reserve a library copy I loved this book. Great Vietnamese mythology. Perfect for fans of Percy Jackson. - Lisa, Youth Services Reserve a library copy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    A solid addition to the middle grade mythology pantheon.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Great Books

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I loved this book. Great Vietnamese mythology. Perfect for fans of Percy Jackson.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amber-Rose

    I love this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    A completely absorbing middle grade adventure!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy | shelf-explanatory

    Review to come.

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