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Wendy Wan-Long Shang

I wrote my first story when I was five.  It was called THE BIG FIGHT, and it was about a bunny and a lamb arguing over who was the fluffiest.  Unable to commit to a full-on battle scene (and recognizing the page limits of my typing-and-construction-paper-book), I had the two characters reconcile themselves at the end.

Believing that all writers were either British or dead, I became a lawyer since I was neither.  I worked for the American Bar Association on issues relating to juvenile justice, and also volunteered on behalf of children in the foster care system.  After having the first of three children, I decided to stay home.  After having the last of my three children, I realized I needed a passion just for me, and returned to writing through Mary Quattlebaum’s class at the Writer’s Center.

I love the multiple challenges of writing, whether it is conveying an experience with enough heart to win over the reader, building a plot to a compelling pace or trying to create a character with a point-of-view that is different from my own.

I have written two middle-grade books, and have a third book coming out in 2017, co-written with Guild member Madelyn Rosenberg.

My Books

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu

THE GREAT WALL OF LUCY WU: Lucy Wu thinks she is about to have the perfect year, until her dad discovers a long-lost aunt in China and invites her to stay with them.  Lucy's plans are ruined – or are they? Like the Chinese saying goes: Events that appear to be good or bad luck often turn out to be quite the opposite, and Lucy finds that while she may not get the "perfect" year she had in mind, she can create something even better.

  • Asian-Pacific American Librarians Association Children’s Literature Award
  • Nine state reading lists
  • American Booksellers Association New Voices selection

The Way Home Looks Now

THE WAY HOME LOOKS NOW: Twelve-year-old Peter Lee and his family are baseball lovers, who bond over back lot games and talk of the Pittsburgh Pirates. But when tragedy strikes, the family flies apart and baseball no longer seems to matter. Is that true? Peter decides to play again in an attempt to bring his family back together, and along the way makes startling discoveries about himself, his father and members of the team.

  • Starred reviews, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus
  • Junior Library Guild selection
  • BookPage Best of the Year list



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