Lou Bulosan-Nelson is going to build her dream. She shares a room with her mom in her grandmother's house in San Francisco, and longs for a place of her own where she can escape her lovable but large extended Filipino family. Lou has a talent for woodshop class and creating projects, and plans to build a tiny house, 100 square feet, all her own, on land that she inherited from her dad, who died before she was born. Then Lou discovers it's not so easy to build one, but she won't give up on her dreamand her friends and family wont either. This heartwarming coming-of-age story explores culture and family, forgiveness and friendship, and what makes a house a true home. ADVANCED PRAISE FOR THE HOUSE THAT LOU BUILTLous story gives voice to Filipino youth, addressing cultural differences, the importance of community, and the true meaning of home. This delightful debut welcomes readers in like a house filled with love. Kirkus, starred reviewCheerful and hope-filled. School Library Journal, starred review"If this book were a house, the rooms would be filled with warmth, family, and friendship." Erin Entrada Kelly, Newbery Medal-winning author of Hello, UniverseEndearing to the end. Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor-winning author of One Crazy Summer "Warm, funny and affirming. As we get to know Lou, her extended Filipino family, and friends, the door opens into her life and, ultimately, her home." Lisa Yee, author of Millicent Min and the DC Super Hero Girls series "This story may be about a tiny house, but it has an enormous heart." Kate Messner, author of The Exact Location of Home"There couldn't be a hero more determined, resourceful or lovable." Tricia Springstubb, author of Every Single Second...
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The House That Lou Built Reviews
Though I was interested in the subject matter of this book, the writing style fell flat for me almost immediately. The text is easy to read, but it's almost too straightforward, without the warmth and humor that work best for middle grade protagonists. I stuck with it for about 25 pages, but when the main character and her best friend started lecturing the boys in their class about women who have made a difference in history they stopped sounding like believable kids and began to sound like talk ...more
This book made me cry before I'd even finished the first chapter.
Lou exists in a very different context than I did as a young girl, but so many of the little touchstones in her life--Filipino food, family friends, working out her identity as a biracial Filipina-American girl--are familiar to me. Her stubbornness and spirit made me wonder if I was ever that strong as a kid, and her struggle with the idea of moving is a struggle my heart knows all too well. Mae Respicio writes Lou with a voice th ...more
Thank you to Mae Respicio for sharing an ARC of The House That Lou Built with #collabookation.
There's a saying, ‘There are only two lasting things we can hope to give our children: one is roots, the other is wings.’ Well, Mae Respicio has given her main character, Lucinda (Lou) both, and it is a pleasure to watch her utilize them!
Lou’s roots spread from the California forests into San Francisco where her large, close-knit family lives. Before she was born, Lou’s father died, leaving her a plot ...more
Such a fun MG with a spirited protagonist. Lou wants nothing more than to build a tiny house on land left to her by the father who died before she was born, but when she learns that she and her mom may need to move out of state, she faces the reality that she might have to leave that dream behind--along with her loving extended family. I loved watching Lou fight for what she wanted. A fun read that also made me very hungry!
The excerpt I read sounds intriguing. Then I read some reviews of the book on various sites. Still sounds like a good read. I would think 5th to 8th grader might enjoy this story. Some may well be puzzled as so many schools have discontinued shop classes. Liability must be pretty high and do they really have a use anyway. Much like home ec. At least skills in home ec are useful. Not sure about shop classes.... They seem to have been more useful back in the 60s and 70s. By the 80's and 90s not mu ...more
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
There is so much to celebrate in THE HOUSE THAT LOU BUILT. I know that my girl-power-loving second grader will love reading a book about a strong, smart, independent young girl who can bridge between goofing off with friends and managing a complex construction site. I'll also recommend this book to my half-Filipina nieces, who I’m sure will appreciate reading about Lou, her Filipino culture, and her lo ...more
As soon as I saw the charming cover, I was hooked. The story is quick and sweet. We follow Lou as she tries to figure out what home and family mean, while also fighting for the last link she has to her dad--a little plot of land.
Lou's voice is charming and adorable throughout the book. She's so genuine, you can't help but love her. I really enjoyed getting a glimpse into her community--a culture we don't have many MG books about--and I want her lola and my grandma to get together. The world may ...more
It is wonderful to find middle grade novels in which female protagonists aren't boy crazy or preoccupied with their appearance. While a case could be made that these concerns are part of coming of age and being in the middle grades, a steady diet of books that tackle those issues can get old after awhile. Thus, it is refreshing to meet Lou Bulosan-Nelson, a 12-year-old who is determined to build her own tiny house on property she inherited from her father. Lou is more interested in learning how ...more