Unidentified Suburban Object

Unidentified Suburban Object

The next person who compares Chloe Cho with famous violinist Abigail Yang is going to HEAR it. Chloe has just about had it with people not knowing the difference between someone who's Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. She's had it with people thinking that everything she does well -- getting good grades, winning first chair in the orchestra, etCETera -- are because she's ASIAN.

Of course, her own parents don't want to have anything to DO with their Korean background. Any time Chloe asks them a question they change the subject. They seem perfectly happy to be the only Asian family in town. It's only when Chloe's with her best friend, Shelly, that she doesn't feel like a total alien.

Then a new teacher comes to town: Ms. Lee. She's Korean American, and for the first time Chloe has a person to talk to who seems to understand completely. For Ms. Lee's class, Chloe finally gets to explore her family history. But what she unearths is light-years away from what she expected.

Title:Unidentified Suburban Object
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780545782265
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  • Shoshana

    An interesting premise, but I'm afraid I couldn't get past two things:One, the main character was just too unlikeable. I kept hoping she'd improve and she did... a tiny bit. Sometimes. But she kind of...

  • Monica Edinger

    Really liked this one. Delightful voice and such an authentic sensibility to Chloe's issues. Teasing out her assumptions regarding peer's and friends' responses to her --- is it about race and ethnici...

  • Clare Lund

    Started as a story about Chloe Cho, the only Korean girl in her entire middle school who feels like her classmates only view her as an Asian stereotype. The book hooked me right away, but then took a ...

  • Niki Marion

    Whip-smart, hilarious, and endearing, this book will win your heart and your funny bone. Chloe Cho feels alien as the only Korean kid at her middle school. She encounters casual racism daily, which fu...

  • Raina

    Chloe's parents have always been cagey about her heritage. Chloe wants to know why.I read this with my 4-6th grade book club, and it was a really good discussion. (view spoiler)[I still don't totally ...

  • Abby Johnson

    Oh, man, I really liked this one. I marked it as both contemporary and sci-fi because while it is definitely science fiction, the bulk of the story is written as contemporary fiction and I think that ...

  • Sarah Donovan

    So this one is mostly a realistic ya novel of a girl trying to connect with her Korean heritage while her parents resist saying it's "too hard" or "too painful" to think about the family's past. I had...

  • Keann

    I thought this book was amazing! I loved how it was realistic fiction and then switch to fantasy. That was a big surprised and I thought I was not going to like the book any more, but I did. I think m...

  • Kristen

    I really liked this one at first--Chloe is a great narrator, and I found myself chuckling at her sarcastic, dry inner voice. She's not perfect, but what middle school kid is?But that twist...ugh.Don't...

  • Gemma

    I didn't particularly enjoy this book, but perhaps younger readers will. I admit that I don't think I read the jacket cover summary well, or didn't think the book would actually take it where it hints...