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About Little White Duck:

A collection of eight short stories based on Na Liu’s childhood memories of growing up in China during the years of rapid social and economic change after the death of Chairman Mao.

Perfect for historical nonfiction fans, Little White Duck gives an authentic look into the origins of modern China from the perspective of a child. With short, accessible chapters and a beautiful palette of comic illustrations, Little White Duck brings the rich details of a childhood in China to life.


"With this intimate look at her childhood memories, Liu skillfully weaves factual tidbits into the rich tapestry of her life...Beautifully drawn and quietly evocative." –starred, Kirkus Reviews

"This picturesque treasure introduces Chinese culture through a personal perspective that is both delightful and thought-provoking." –starred, School Library Journal

"Author and illustrator together give us an unvarnished and intimate account of a real childhood: plain-speaking, rough-hewn, and very much down-to-earth." –starred, The Horn Book Magazine

Author Bio: 

Na Liu is a doctor of hematology and oncology. She moved from Wuhan, China, to Austin, Texas, in 1998 to work as a research scientist. She met her husband, Andrés Vera Martínez, in Austin.

Andrés Vera Martínez was raised in Austin, Texas. He has created comics and illustrations for Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, CBS/Showtime, and the New York Times. His work has received awards and recognition from the Junior Library Guild, Society of Illustrators, 3x3 Magazine, and American Illustration.

Na Liu and Andrés Vera Martínez live in Brooklyn, New York, with their daughter. They take annual trips to visit their families in Wuhan and Austin.


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Na Liu & Andres Vera Martinez
Little White Duck: A Childhood in China
Sun Oct 21, 4:00PM
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