Packed with humor and heart, this debut middle grade series follows a girl finding her place in a brand-new world of private school and frenemies when her family moves to Hong Kong.
Holly-Mei Jones couldn’t be more excited about moving to Hong Kong for her mother’s job. Her new school is right on the beach and her family’s apartment is beyond beautiful. Everything is going to be perfect . . . right?
Maybe not. It feels like everywhere she turns, there are new rules to follow and expectations to meet. On top of that, the most popular girl in her grade is quickly becoming a frenemy. And without the guidance of her loving Ah-ma, who stayed behind in Toronto, Holly-Mei just can’t seem to get it right.
It will take all of Holly-Mei’s determination and sparkle (and maybe even a tiny bit of stubbornness) to get through seventh grade and turn her life in Hong Kong into the ultimate adventure!
"Christina Matula shines a light on the challenges and triumphs of middle school life for diaspora children. Readers will root for the lovable Holly-Mei as she navigates a new life in Hong Kong, forging friendships and exploring all the wonders of Chinese culture. A charming, truthful, and heartfelt middle grade debut—I can't wait for readers to meet Holly-Mei!"
—Katie Zhao, author of The Dragon Warrior series and Last Gamer Standing