Left alone to prepare their family's prize-winning dumplings for the annual cooking contest, the young Kang boys accidentally invent a new dish, "mian tiao," or noodles. Includes a cultural note and a recipe for long life noodles.
The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine. When a boy goes to the market to buy food and comes home with an old wok instead, his parents wonder what they'll eat for dinner. But then the wok rolls out of the poor family's house and returns from the rich man's home with a feast in tow. $16.99 www.thematicattic.com
Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist Attractions funny book for the boys. Alvin is a Chinese-American boy who is working hard at overcoming his phobias. This one would be good to read before a trip back to China, too.
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Hannah West in the Center of the Universe by Linda Johns. Mystery story for ages 8-12 set in Seattle. Features girl adopted from China who solves mysteries in different parts of town as her mother moves from place to place with housesitting jobs.