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
I received an advanced copy of The House That Lou built, thanks to Random House Kids books. I read it in a day and I absolutely loved it.
Lou’s story is strikingly original, as is she. She is resilient, persistent, and real, making mistakes and learning from them. I couldn’t think of a better role model for my students. Lou and her family are beautifully developed, and her creativity and optimism when presented with problems are both traits of like to see developing in my students.
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I wish this book existed while I was growing up. But I’m glad The House That Lou Built exists for Filipino-American kids today. Respicio created wonderful characters and a heartfelt story about a girl with a dream to build her very own house. Filipino kids can relate to the cultural descriptions and Tagalog expressions (though Lou’s family uses Ilokano “manang” and “manong” instead of ate and kuya). The author also explains the meanings for non-Filipino readers as well. This was a quick read wit ...more
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Lou lives with her mother and grandmother in San Francisco. Her father died before she was born, and her grandfather passed away a few years ago, but she has a large, supportive extended family and many friends. Her mother is training to be a registered nurse and is struggling financially. She's looking for jobs, and favoring one she is offered in Washington state, because the cost of living is much cheaper. Lou does not want to leave the area, especially since her father ...more
So sweet, so wholesome, and I think the first book I've read with a Filipino-American family. A read that will make your heart happy. Middle school teachers, add this to your library!
The House that Lou Built is about a spirited young girl determined to build her own tiny house. Lou is half-Filipina, living in a wonderful community that embraces their culture to the fullest. She is pretty happy young girl, until her mother is offered a job in another state. Lou doesn't want to be separated from her friends, family, and her land, her only connection to her father. Deciding that the house can't wait any longer, Lou sets out with the help of some friends to get building.
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This was a wonderful story about persistence and family. Lou is a Filipino/American girl within a tight family unit facing the possibility of a move that would create geographical distance from her family. She struggles with not only the separation of family and friends, but from the land that her father left to her. Books portraying cultures are becoming more and more popular in youth fiction. I loved that this one shows the Filipino culture. My sister-in-law if Filipino and in sharing with her ...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
I read an ARC of this book that was sent by Random House Kids via my #bookexpedition group.
It’s a wonderful middle grade story about family, friendships, and what home really means. Lou is everything I hope to see in a middle grade character: motivated and determined, yet also flawed. Sometimes she makes decisions that aren’t always best, but she learns from them by opening up and asking for help from her friends and family.
This was a window book for me; I enjoyed learning about Filipino cultu ...more