CAROLYN MARSDEN has an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College and is the author of THE GOLD-THREADED DRESS, the prequel to THE QUAIL CLUB, which received enormous critical acclaim and was named a BOOKLIST Top Ten First Novel for Youth and a BOOKLIST Editors' Choice. She is also the author of MOON RUNNER, SILK UMBRELLAS, and MAMA HAD TO WORK ON CHRISTMAS. Of THE QUAIL CLUB, she says, "When my younger daughter, Preeya, was in third grade, there was a school talent show, and she experienced a conflict between performing her Thai dance alone or dancing with her friends. I took that framework, plus elements from my imagination, and created this story."
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Gr 3-5-Oy's family recently moved to a new home and she's feeling lost and friendless because, although there are several immigrant children attending her new school, no one is from her native Thailand. Her journey from lonely outsider to being accepted begins in Carolyn Marsden's The Gold-Threaded Dress (2002) and continues in The Quail Club (2006, both Candlewick). In the first book, class bully Lilliandra sees a photo of Oy (renamed Olivia by her teacher) in her beloved pink silk dress which she wears when performing traditional Thai dances and demands that the girl bring it to school so she and her friends can try it on. If Oy doesn't comply, she will not be able to join Lilliandra's club. Oy desperately wants to fit in, but she knows her parents would be upset if anything happened to the dress. In the second title, Oy has been accepted into the Quail Club and is feeling better about her life. She decides that she wants to perform a solo Thai dance for the school talent show. Lilliandra tries to bully Oy into performing a contemporary American style duet with her. The girl must reconcile her longing to fit in at school with honoring traditional Thai values. Amy Rubinate's narration sensitively and accurately portrays Oy's feelings of confusion and conflicting loyalties. The unhurried pacing is perfect for these universal stories of acceptance and friendship.-Wendy Woodfill , Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Oy would never forget the day when Liliandra had tapped her
on the shoulder and held out a piece of paper that began: You are
invited . . . At first, Oy thought it was a birthday party invitation. But
this seemed even better. A club . . . Oy hadn't even known what quail
meant, but she'd wanted to be part of the group of friends.
Hejski's dad had taken all five of them to an ice-cream parlor
celebrate the formation of the club. They'd sat at round tables in the
sunshine, and Oy had licked her coconut-flavored scoop extra slowly. Afterward they'd set up the incubator on Hejski's back porch and
studied pictures of quail on the Internet. Oy had learned that quail were
birds with plumes on their heads. . . . She couldn't imagine not being part of the club. If Liliandra made
her leave, she wouldn't see the quail hatch. But even more important
than the quail was the chance to hang out with the other girls. To talk
about silly things. To make plans together. To have friends. To be a
friend. She hadn't been lonely since the club was formed. _______ THE QUAIL CLUB by Carolyn Marsden. Copyright (c) 2006 by Carolyn Marsden. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.