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Name:  Gloria Chao  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;

Born: , in

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Chao lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gloria Chao is an MIT grad turned dentist turned writer.


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American Panda

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American panda /
ISBN: 1481499106. OCLC Number: 989964129

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A freshman at MIT, seventeen-year-old Mei Lu tries to live up to her Taiwanese parents' expectations, but no amount of tradition, obligation, or guilt prevent her from hiding several truths-- that she is a germaphobe who cannot become a doctor, she prefers dancing to biology, she decides to reconnect with her estranged older brother, and she is dating a Japanese boy. Can she find a way to be herself, before her web of lies unravels?

ISBN: 1481499114. OCLC Number: 1056742615