The Queens of New York

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$19.99  $18.59
Quill Tree Books
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5.8 X 8.1 X 1.2 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

E. L. Shen is an author and editor whose family immigrated to Flushing, Queens, many years ago. She attended Barnard College of Columbia University and received a bachelor of arts in English with a concentration in creative writing. Her debut novel, The Comeback (Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2021), was a Junior Library Guild selection, received two starred reviews, and was praised in the New York Times for its "fast-paced prose, authentic dialogue, and high-spirited [protagonist]." The Queens of New York is her first book for teens. E. L. Shen lives in Brooklyn, New York. Learn more at


"Smart, funny, but tender at times as well, The Queens of New York is a luminous read." -- Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries

"A heartfelt, skillfully wrought portrayal of friendship." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Through alternating first-person narratives, Shen connects three Asian American leading ladies--inspired by the relationship with her own childhood best friends--with love. A heartfelt blend of female empowerment and friendship." -- Booklist

"Via the vivacious trio's alternating perspectives, Shen chronicles their tumultuous summers as they come into their own identities and learn how to get by without each other's constant support. An eclectic mix of emails, text messages, and prose keeps the pace quick in this insightful story of grief, connection, and change." -- Publishers Weekly

"It is the friendship here that is the real star, outshining not just parental pressures and systemic racism, but every other relationship, familial and romantic. Recommend this to readers seeking an updated "sisterhood" and a culturally sensitive celebration of friendship at its most enviable." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"This book is a love letter to female friendship, and how girls can show up for one another in a very organic and meaningful way." -- School Library Journal