Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business by Lyla Lee, Illustrated by Dung Ho
Who it’s for: Kids
Mindy is NOT excited to be the new kid at school. She and her Appa (Dad) have moved from California, where there were plenty of other Korean-American kids at her multicultural school, to a small town in Florida where she’s the only Asian student. Mindy doesn’t know anyone, and the other kids think her yummy Korean food is weird- at first. But then someone wants to try her spicy seaweed snacks, and suddenly everyone wants to trade snacks! Mindy and her new friend Sally get the great idea to sell the yummy seaweed snacks… but a jealous classmate tries to spoil everything. Soon Mindy’s fighting with her only friend, in trouble with the teacher, and afraid to tell Appa what’s going on. How can Mindy set things right? Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business is the 2021 Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award winner for Transitional Fiction.