I'm OK

I'm OK

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Ok Lee knows it's his responsibility to help pay the bills. With his father gone and his mother working three jobs and still barely making ends meet, there's really no other choice. If only he could win the cash prize at the school talent contest! But he can't sing or dance, and has no magic up his sleeves, so he tries the next best thing: a hair braiding business. It's too bad the girls at school can't pay him much, and he's being befriended against his will by Mickey McDonald, the unusual girl with a larger-than-life personality. Who needs friends? They'd only distract from his mission, and Ok believes life is better on his own. Then there's Asa Banks, the most popular boy in their grade, who's got it out for Ok. But when the pushy deacon at their Korean church starts wooing Ok's mom, it's the last straw. Ok has to come up with an exit strategy--fast.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books For Young Readers, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ℗♭2018
ISBN: 9781534419292
Branch Call Number: JF KIM
Characteristics: 279 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: I am ok


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MCPL_Youth Jul 14, 2017

In order to help his mother, Ok Lee starts a hair braiding business at school. Which doesn't make much money but does provide plenty of humor!

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Jan 10, 2019

One of the most realistic portrayals of modern kids that I have seen in ages. This book doesn't shy away from showing the meaner side of kids, but it also doesn't shy away from showing us the circumstances that make them mean. Most importantly for a middle-grade novel, Ok's story features characters who feel bad about their actions when they've done things wrong, who have hidden talents that shine through when they get a chance to show them off.

Ok's story is heartbreaking because it's so true, even if it never actually happened.

Hand to kids who are in danger of disappearing. Let them know they're seen, too.


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