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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gloria Chao  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Chao lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gloria Chao is an MIT grad turned dentist turned writer.


American Panda Junior Library Guild Selection B&N Teen Blog Most Anticipated Debuts, 2018 Justine Magazine’s Most Anticipated Books, 2018 Bustle’s 27 Most Anticipated YA Contemporary Books New York Public Library’s Most Anticipated YA Books, 2018 Hypable’s Most Anticipated Diverse YA Books, 2018 Read Brightly’s 18 Most Exciting YA Books, 2018 Book Riot’s Must Read February Books Starred Review, VOYA Starred Review, School Library Journal Starred Review, Booklist Starred Review, Publishers Weekly ILLINOIS READS Book Selections, Illinois Reading Council, 2019 Our Wayward Fate BuzzFeed's 24 YA Books To Devour During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Paste Best Young Adult Novel of October, 2019 B&N Teen Blog's October's Best YA Reads She Reads's 10 Diverse books by women to read, 2019 Indigo Most Anticipated Teen Title

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Selected Titles At Your Library

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?

Our wayward fate /
ISBN: 1534427619. OCLC Number: 1108809802

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Seventeen-year-old Ali is simultaneously swept up in a whirlwind romance and down a rabbit hole of family secrets when another Taiwanese family moves into tiny, predominantly-white, Plainhart, Indiana.