The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong

by L. Tam Holland

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Vee is the son of parents who refuse to speak about their past; his father is from China and his mother from Texas. He calls himself “confused-looking” and doesn’t know how to start fitting in.

This basketball-playing, girl-obsessed history buff makes up a phony family history for a school paper which sets in motion a series of choices and adventures as Vee tries to figure out who he is, who his parents are, and how their family history shapes him now.

Vee’s narration is funny and sharp, and occasionally nuanced and deep. The book finds the importance of family and history and knowing yourself and is all wrapped up in that general awkward and miserable stage of growing up.

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