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Children's Fiction Adoption

Vee in Between

by (author) Valerie Kaiyang Wood

illustrated by Angela Poon

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
May 2023
Adoption, Asia, Prejudice & Racism
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

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


Vee’s favorite bedtime story is the night she met her parents. When Vee was nine months old, they flew to China to bring her home. But when she struggles to keep up in Chinese dance class and a woman at the grocery store makes Vee feel like she doesn’t belong, her white parents don’t always understand. Vee wants to embrace every part of herself, but it’s hard when it feels like she has to choose. With help from another adoptee, can Vee find a way to celebrate being in between?

About the authors

Valerie Kaiyang Wood was born in China and adopted to Canada at the age of nine months. Drawn to the storytelling power of history, she completed her MA in Public History and Curatorial Studies at Carleton University where she began writing her children’s book based on her experiences of transracial adoption. Valerie is passionate about centering diverse perspectives in both her writing and her work as a museum curator in Ottawa.

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Angela Poon is a freelance illustrator and comic artist living in Mississauga, Ontario. She is a graduate of Sheridan College's Bachelor of Illustration program, and is the illustrator of the picture book Vee in Between and the graphic novel Fred & Marjorie: A Doctor, a Dog, and the Discovery of Insulin. Angela enjoys capturing warmth and little moments of everyday life in her illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

"Vee in Between is a touching, beautifully illustrated book that presents a unique, powerful look at adoption and identity that is both engaging and moving. I think this book can make a big difference in personal and educational settings, encouraging empathy, understanding, and appreciation for our diverse, multicultural world. Highly recommended."

Canadian Review of Materials

"This picture book details the challenges and confusion that come with adoption in a way that’s touching, sensitive, and educational. While it might be a bit advanced for the two-year-old in your life, it’s never too early to start incorporating important stories like this one into their nighttime routine (and they'll marvel over the gorgeous illustrations)."


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