Making Friends with Billy Wong

Making Friends with Billy WongMaking Friends with Billy Wong
by Augusta Scattergood
Grades 4 & up

Azalea is sure that it is going to be the worst summer ever when she is sent to stay with a grandmother she has never met in the small town of Paris Junction, Arkansas. She doesn’t like talking to people she doesn’t know and she already has a friend at home so she doesn’t need more. But Grandma Clark hurt her foot and Azalea can’t stay home alone, so she is forced to spend the summer of 1952 there. The first thing Azalea learns is that in this small town, everybody knows everyone else’s business. The second thing she learns is that people aren’t always who you might expect them to be — not Billy Wong, the grocer’s great nephew, not trouble-maker Willis DeLoach, not Grandma Clark, and maybe not even Azalea herself. A great summer story about questioning one’s assumptions and believing in one’s self. Recommended for grades 4 and up.

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