If Lin Can

How Jeremy Lin Inspired Asian Americans to Shoot for the Stars

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Pub Date 16 Apr 2024 | Archive Date 16 Apr 2024

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This biography of basketball superstar Jeremy Lin is an anthem of Asian American pride that speaks to any child who feels underestimated or misunderstood. If Lin can, you can!

Have you ever been told that you CAN’T? Growing up in the Bay Area, Jeremy Lin heard that over and over again. People made fun of his size and his race and wouldn’t give him a chance. But Jeremy persevered until he became the first Taiwanese American to play in the NBA. And when his big moment came, he seized it!

Jeremy’s meteoric rise, dubbed "Linsanity," inspired the world and a whole generation of young Asian Americans. As author Richard Ho puts it, “Jeremy’s struggles were our struggles, so his triumphs were our triumphs. He made us believe that if he could succeed, so could we.”
This biography of basketball superstar Jeremy Lin is an anthem of Asian American pride that speaks to any child who feels underestimated or misunderstood. If Lin can, you can!

Have you ever been told...

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ISBN 9781623543723
PRICE $18.99 (USD)
PAGES 40

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If Lin Can is an inspirational pep talk to all kids who have felt down and out, underestimated and overlooked. We've all been there in some form or another. With beautiful prose and inspiring illustrations, this book is great motivation for kids to believe in themselves, continue to work hard, and never give up. The story of Jeremy Lin is included at the back, and this book is definitely inspired by his story, but this book is for all kids who have ever doubted themselves. I love this for all our kids!

Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this advanced review copy (ARC) in exchange for my honest review on the book!

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I have added this book to my TrueStory Bookshop and recommend it in three categories:
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Wow! I AM SO IMPRESSED!
This book is just perfection. It’s motivation. It’s picture perfect at its best when it comes to the illustrations. The entire book is so visual with colourful pages. The writing is minimal yet it packs with perfection as it delivers exactly what it means to.

Never listen to the naysayers. If there’s something you want to excel at, just keep trying and go for it.

Thank you, Charlesbridge, for the advance reading copy.

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This nonfiction picture book has lyrical writing and beautiful, vibrant illustrations, celebrating the accomplishments and legacy of Jeremy Lin. This will appeal to fans of Lin, and to children who are interested in basketball. The author directs this book to Asian American children, encouraging their racial self-esteem and sense of possibility throughout the book, but people of any race can enjoy this as well.

Although the text is pretty simple, the author shares a lot of information throughout the book, and I appreciate that he included Lin's devout Christian faith as an important part of this biography, instead of glossing over religion. I also enjoyed the additional note at the end, which shared even more details and included the author's personal story of connecting with Lin's basketball journey.

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Wow, this book was a slam dunk! "If Lin Can" is an uplifting biography that resonates with kids who've ever been told they can't achieve their dreams. Growing up in the Bay Area, Jeremy Lin faced adversity and prejudice, but he never gave up. This beautifully illustrated nonfiction picture book captures his incredible journey to becoming the first Taiwanese American in the NBA. Richard Ho's heartfelt storytelling encourages racial self-esteem and inspires children to believe in themselves. It's not just for Asian Americans; it's for all kids who need a dose of motivation. Thanks NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this advanced review copy (ARC) in exchange for my honest review on the book!

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"Have you ever been told you can't?" What an excellent first line! There are great examples in the story of being mistreated, doubted, left out, etc. If you see someone who looks like you, has been described like you, it makes a difference. Then the story relates to Jeremy Lin and the struggles he had. What a powerful story! It is excellent for all students and kids, but especially Asian Americans.

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I love the inspirational message behind this book and the authors message at the end. I also really appreciate the informative back matter. As someone who doesn’t know much about basketball it was helpful to understand the references to his big game. The text is simple but inspiring. This will make a great read aloud and gives parents and teachers space to talk about representation and their own experiences of feeling different or othered.

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A great book to read to your children or in school, with wonderful illustrations. The writing is simple but inspirational. Definitely recommended as children's book

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The Inspiring Rise of Jeremy Lin

In the beautifully illustrated children's book "If Lin Can: How Jeremy Lin Inspired Asian Americans to Shoot for the Stars," author Richard Ho and illustrators Huynh Kim Liên and Phùng Nguyên Quang bring to life the extraordinary story of basketball phenom Jeremy Lin.

"If Lin Can" celebrates the hoop dreams of one Asian American kid from Palo Alto who never gave up. With vivid artwork and engaging prose, Ho captures the underdog tenacity that made the Harvard graduate a cultural touchstone for Asian Americans hungry for mainstream representation.

Ho makes sure to spotlight the racism and doubts Lin overcame all his life as an Asian American playing a traditionally African American sport. A decade later, with anti-Asian hate crimes on the upswing, Lin's barrier-breaking journey from NBA benchwarmer to global superstar offers hope and inspiration when both are sorely needed.

Ho's admiring-yet-unvarnished portrait should resonate with kids of any background who have been told their dreams were unrealistic. Like its subject, "If Lin Can" is ready to soar.

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