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Children's Fiction New Experience

Shu-Li and Diego

by (author) Paul Yee

illustrated by Shaoli Wang

Tradewind Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2009
New Experience, Fantasy & Magic, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2009
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 8


Shu-Li and Diego tells the story of how these two classmates meet the challenge of taking care of Baxter, a neighbor's dog. The two friends face disaster when Baxter runs away and they have to break the news to its owner.

About the authors

Paul Yee is one of Canada's finest writers for children. He was raised in Vancouver and has worked in the archives at the Vancouver Museum. He won the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature for Ghost Train. He now lives in Toronto.
Ghost Trainbr>    Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award 1996br>    Winner of the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award 1997br>    Finalist for the Toronto IODE Book Award 1997
The Bone Collector's Sonbr>    Winner of the City of Vancouver Book Award 2004br>    Finalist for the Rocky Mountain Book Award 2006br>    Finalist for the Stellar Book Award (BC Teen Readers' Choice Award) 2005-6br>    Chosen as Best of 2004, Resource
Bamboobr>    Finalist for the Chocolate Lily Award 2007 (BC Readers' Choice Award)br>    Chosen as Best of 2006, Resource Links
The Jade Necklacebr>    Finalist for the Mr. Christie's Book Award 2002

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Shaoli Wang was born in China. She trained as an art teacher and graduated from the Department of Fines Arts of Qingdao Normal College, specializing in children’s book illustration, gouache and oil painting. She now lives in BC.


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Editorial Reviews

"This book would be a good addition to a school or public library’s collection where it can contribute to the existing body of books that deal with cross-cultural friendships or relationships...Recommended."

CM Magazine

"Will delight readers with its tale of good citizenship, lending a helping hand, responsibility building and friendship."

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"Vivid characters and challenging plots create thought-provoking moral ambiguity for Yee’s readership...Wang’s shaded black and white line drawings and Yee’s chapter format create the feeling of a grownup book for newly independent readers, while younger children and their parents will appreciate Shu-Li and her friends as role models and will look forward to hearing more about them in this promising series."


Librarian Reviews

Shu-Li and Diego

In this sequel to the popular Shu-Li and Tamara, award-winning Paul Yee recounts the adventures of Shu-Li and her classmate Diego as they face the challenge of taking care of Baxter, a neighbour's dog. The two friends face disaster when Baxter runs away.

This is a story about teamwork and responsibility. This is a sequel to Yee’s Shu-Li Tamara, and like its predecessor, the book shows the friendship between two characters from different cultural backgrounds. Students are encouraged to make connections to the people and places they encounter in their own communities.

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Top Grade Selection 2016.

Shu-Li and Diego

This early chapter book is a sequel to Shu-Li and Tamara about an immigrant Chinese family in Vancouver. Shu-Li and her hardworking parents live in the culturally diverse Commercial Drive area where they operate a Chinese delicatessen. She and her classmate Diego assume the challenging responsibility of caring for a big, rambunctious dog, Baxter, while his owner is in the hospital. Shu-Li’s parents do not agree with this arrangement and when Baxter runs away, Shu-Li is faced with difficult moral decisions about whether to be honest with her parents and Baxter’s owner or to try and solve her predicament with Diego’s help. The satisfying resolution involves Shu-Li’s supportive multicultural neighbourhood.

Yee is an award-winning Canadian children’s author. He won the Governor-General’s Award for Ghost Train.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2010-2011.

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