Mèo and Bé

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Tu Books
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4.8 X 7.0 X 1.6 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Doan Phuong Nguyen was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States when she was in elementary school. Her debut middle grade novel Mèo and Bé was praised by #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Niven as "Heart-wrenching, hopeful, and heartwarming." After growing up in the South, she settled in the Midwest. Doan Phuong loves anything pink and cute but enjoys writing incredibly sad, emotionally evocative novels. She received her MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Find her at doanphuong.com.


"Heart-wrenching, hopeful, and heartwarming. Extraordinarily deep and lovely. Please read Mèo and Bé and fall in love like I did." -- Jennifer Niven, #1 New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places

"An eye-opening story of a little girl's strength and resilience amid family trauma and war-torn Vietnam. As she struggles to survive and regain her loved ones and her voice, Bé and her faithful kitten Mèo will win your heart." -- Tonya Duncan Ellis, author of the bestselling Sophie Washington series

"It's a stunning debut by Vietnamese author Doan Phuong Nguyen about growing up in Vietnam amid war and is sure to make you smile, cry, and then smile some more. She knocked this one out of the park." -- George Jreije, author of the Shad Hadid series

"An underrepresented topic on most shelves, this page-turner explores a girl's search for love and connection while providing a unique and necessary historical perspective." -- School Library Journal

"This moving debut novel, based in part on the experiences of members of Nguyen's family, features well-developed characters, vivid depictions of wartime Vietnam, and a sense of everyday life for ordinary Vietnamese people during this period...An unsparingly brutal but ultimately uplifting story; readers will cheer as Bé finally finds her voice." -- Booklist

"This powerfully wrought portrayal of grief and perseverance sensitively depicts an underrepresented perspective of life in Vietnam during the war." -- Publishers Weekly

Freeman Book Award for East and Southeast Asian Children's Literature Honorable Mention 2023 - National Consortium for Teaching About Asia
Notable Books for a Global Society Winner 2024 - International Literacy Association (ILA)