This fantasy story based on Vietnamese mythology drew me in from the first page. Thom is a great character and it's easy to relate to her struggle to fit in and confusion over who to trust. The Monkey King is charismatic, but mischievous. Her new neighbor seems nice but is clearly hiding something. And Thom's mother loves her but refuses to tell her anything about her father. It certainly kept me guessing and resulted in a few surprises. A fun adventure story for all.
Girl Giant and the Monkey King by Van Hoang
3rd - 5th grade
tags: adventure, animals, fantasy, fast-paced, People of Color, retellings, sports