Reviews for Quail Club

Booklist Reviews 2006 March #1
Gr. 3-5. In this sequel to The Gold-Threaded Dress (2002), the announcement of a talent show sounds exciting to Oy, who looks forward to performing a traditional Thai dance in her beautiful silk dress. Her bossy classmate Liliandra, asks Oy to join her in doing a different kind of dance and threatens to expel Oy from their club if she refuses. Feeling conflicted and compromised, Oy wonders if she can remain true to herself without paying the price of rejection from the one group where she feels accepted. Once again, Marsden sensitively portrays the nuances of Oy's feelings as she tries to find her way between her immigrant family's customs and values and those of the children at school. Every choice seems fraught with meaning and every action has consequences. While the novel offers insight into why Liliandra acts as she does, children will probably be more concerned with how Oy will handle her troublesome friend. A sensitive portrayal of a child caught between two cultures. ((Reviewed March 1, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall
In this sequel to [cf2]The Gold-Threaded Dress[cf1], Thai-born fifth-grader Oy must choose between performing a traditional Thai dance in the school talent show and doing a trashy American dance with her friend Liliandra, who has the power to kick her out of a treasured club. Marsden writes thoughtfully except when presenting Liliandra: she's too culturally insensitive to be believed. Glos. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2006 March #2
In this sequel to The Gold-Threaded Dress (2002), Oy, called Olivia by her American friends, wants to perform the Thai dances she loves in the fifth-grade talent show. Liliandra, however, the boss of the girls' Quail Club, wants Oy to do American-style dancing with her. Many Thai customs-the Buddha in the house, Songkran, the Thai new year-are delicately interspersed in what is essentially a rather pedestrian story. Liliandra is bossy and rude and has parents who are often absent. Oy wants to be in the club where five girls are watching baby quail hatch from eggs (the girls are Spanish and Finnish and more American than Oy feels she is), but she is cast out by Liliandra for choosing the Thai dance over hers. Oy introduces Liliandra to the Songkran celebration and invites her to learn a Thai dance from her own teacher in an artificial dénouement that finds both girls performing in the talent show. Middle-grade girls might find some interest in this classic school dilemma, enriched by the cross-cultural notes. (Fiction. 8-11) Copyright Kirkus 2006 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2006 May #3
PW called How to Train Your Dragon a "riotous paper-over-board farce." In his third caper, How to Speak Dragonese by Cressida Cowell, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III must rescue his captured beloved dragon, Toothless. Ages 8-10. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

School Library Journal Reviews 2006 April

Gr 4-6 -A compelling sequel to The Gold-Threaded Dress (Candlewick, 2002). Being invited to join the Quail Club means that fifth-grader Oy feels less an outsider, more American, even if she doesn't even know what a quail is; it means she has friends. That friendship is tested when their teacher announces a talent show and Liliandra decides that Oy must dance an American dance with her, as shown on television. Oy, strongly supported by her parents, wants to perform one of her Thai dances, wearing her beautiful gold-threaded dress. When dancing with Liliandra becomes the condition under which Oy is allowed to stay in the Quail Club, tension ensues. Torn between two cultures, torn between honoring the wishes of a friend and her own, Oy finds a satisfying resolution. Throughout the text, Thai words add much to the cultural authenticity. Girls in particular will read to discover answers to these questions: How can I fit into a new community without losing my uniqueness? As one already in the community, how should I respond to the newcomer? A perennial topic is handled with poignancy and grace.-Alexa Sandmann, Kent State University, OH

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