{"id":8224671432941,"title":"If Lin Can","handle":"if-lin-can","description":"\u003ch1\u003eIf Lin Can\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/h1\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eHow Jeremy Lin Inspired Asian Americans to Shoot for the Stars\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003ch6\u003eComing April 16, 2024. Pre-order today!\u003c\/h6\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/richard-ho\"\u003eRichard Ho\u003c\/a\u003e \/ Illustrated by: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/huynh-kim-lien\"\u003eHuynh Kim Liên\u003c\/a\u003e and \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/phung-nguyen-quang\"\u003ePhùng Nguyên Quang\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eThis biography of basketball superstar Jeremy Lin is an anthem of Asian American pride that speaks to any child who feels underestimated or misunderstood. 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When he \"grew up,\" he worked as a magazine journalist, a scriptwriter, an editor, and an author. His highly acclaimed picture books include \u003cem\u003eRed Rover, The Lost Package,\u003c\/em\u003e and\u003cem\u003e Year of the Cat.\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/richard-ho\"\u003eRead more \u003c\/a\u003eabout Richard.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHuynh Kim Liên and Phùng Nguyên Quang, illustrators\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePhùng Nguyên Quang and Huỳnh Kim Liên are book creators who live and work together in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. They have illustrated several children's books, including \u003cem\u003eMy First Day\u003c\/em\u003e (which they also wrote), H\u003cem\u003eundred Years of Happiness,\u003c\/em\u003e and\u003cem\u003e The Floating Field: How a Group of Thai Boys Built Their Own Soccer Field.\u003c\/em\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRead more about \u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/huynh-kim-lien\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-href=\"\/pages\/huynh-kim-lien\"\u003eHuynh Kim Liên\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/phung-nguyen-quang\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-href=\"\/pages\/phung-nguyen-quang\"\u003ePhùng Nguyên Quang\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eComing soon!\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ci\u003eThe Horn Book\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eComposed mostly of questions, this picture-book biography traces Jeremy Lin's uphill battle as the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA. 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Pre-order today!\u003c\/h6\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/richard-ho\"\u003eRichard Ho\u003c\/a\u003e \/ Illustrated by: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/huynh-kim-lien\"\u003eHuynh Kim Liên\u003c\/a\u003e and \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/phung-nguyen-quang\"\u003ePhùng Nguyên Quang\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eThis biography of basketball superstar Jeremy Lin is an anthem of Asian American pride that speaks to any child who feels underestimated or misunderstood. If Lin can, you can!\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHave you ever been told that you CAN’T? Growing up in the Bay Area, Jeremy Lin heard that over and over again. People made fun of his size and his race and wouldn’t give him a chance. But Jeremy persevered until he became the first Taiwanese American to play in the NBA. And when his big moment came, he seized it!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJeremy’s meteoric rise, dubbed \"Linsanity,\" inspired the world and a whole generation of young Asian Americans. As author Richard Ho puts it, “Jeremy’s struggles were our struggles, so his triumphs were our triumphs. He made us believe that if he could succeed, so could we.”\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these: \u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/mountain-chef\"\u003eMountain Chef\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/girls-with-guts\"\u003eGirls with Guts\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/follow-chester\"\u003eFollow Chester\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/if-lin-can-spread.jpg?v=1694721596\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" class=\"cvr-border-gray\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e \u003cscript src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-shape=\"round\" defer async=\"\" type=\"text\/javascript\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DOWNLOADABLES BELOW - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDownloadables\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"medium-cover\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/if-lin-can-cover.jpg?v=1694721597\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca class=\"product-btn\" href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/if-lin-can-cover-hires.jpeg.zip?v=1694721603\"\u003eDownload the Cover\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRichard Ho, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAs a child, Richard Ho harbored perfectly reasonable career aspirations: professional basketball player, astrophysicist, and Jedi master. When he \"grew up,\" he worked as a magazine journalist, a scriptwriter, an editor, and an author. His highly acclaimed picture books include \u003cem\u003eRed Rover, The Lost Package,\u003c\/em\u003e and\u003cem\u003e Year of the Cat.\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/richard-ho\"\u003eRead more \u003c\/a\u003eabout Richard.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHuynh Kim Liên and Phùng Nguyên Quang, illustrators\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePhùng Nguyên Quang and Huỳnh Kim Liên are book creators who live and work together in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. They have illustrated several children's books, including \u003cem\u003eMy First Day\u003c\/em\u003e (which they also wrote), H\u003cem\u003eundred Years of Happiness,\u003c\/em\u003e and\u003cem\u003e The Floating Field: How a Group of Thai Boys Built Their Own Soccer Field.\u003c\/em\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRead more about \u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/huynh-kim-lien\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-href=\"\/pages\/huynh-kim-lien\"\u003eHuynh Kim Liên\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/phung-nguyen-quang\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\" data-mce-href=\"\/pages\/phung-nguyen-quang\"\u003ePhùng Nguyên Quang\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eComing soon!\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ci\u003eThe Horn Book\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eComposed mostly of questions, this picture-book biography traces Jeremy Lin's uphill battle as the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA. 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He persevered, however, until, one February night in 2012, he was at last given the opportunity to show his dazzling stuff and ignited a season of “Linsanity” with the New York Knicks. Illustrations of two solitary, Asian-presenting children alternately ignored or surrounded by scoffing peers give way to scenes of the young Lin enduring similar treatment, including, in one scene, hearing catcalls from a dark-skinned young skeptic standing next to a light-skinned one mocking Lin’s eyes. But he works through it all and is ready when his chance comes to shine. “Now ask yourself,” the author concludes, “if Lin can, why can’t I?” Good question.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA slam dunk choice for role modeling. 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If Lin Can

If Lin Can

How Jeremy Lin Inspired Asian Americans to Shoot for the Stars

Coming April 16, 2024. Pre-order today!

By: Richard Ho / Illustrated by: Huynh Kim Liên and Phùng Nguyên Quang

This biography of basketball superstar Jeremy Lin is an anthem of Asian American pride that speaks to any child who feels underestimated or misunderstood. If Lin can, you can!

Have you ever been told that you CAN’T? Growing up in the Bay Area, Jeremy Lin heard that over and over again. People made fun of his size and his race and wouldn’t give him a chance. But Jeremy persevered until he became the first Taiwanese American to play in the NBA. And when his big moment came, he seized it!

Jeremy’s meteoric rise, dubbed "Linsanity," inspired the world and a whole generation of young Asian Americans. As author Richard Ho puts it, “Jeremy’s struggles were our struggles, so his triumphs were our triumphs. He made us believe that if he could succeed, so could we.”

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Richard Ho, author

As a child, Richard Ho harbored perfectly reasonable career aspirations: professional basketball player, astrophysicist, and Jedi master. When he "grew up," he worked as a magazine journalist, a scriptwriter, an editor, and an author. His highly acclaimed picture books include Red Rover, The Lost Package, and Year of the Cat.

Read more about Richard.

Huynh Kim Liên and Phùng Nguyên Quang, illustrators

Phùng Nguyên Quang and Huỳnh Kim Liên are book creators who live and work together in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. They have illustrated several children's books, including My First Day (which they also wrote), Hundred Years of Happiness, and The Floating Field: How a Group of Thai Boys Built Their Own Soccer Field. 

Read more about Huynh Kim Liên and Phùng Nguyên Quang.

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The Horn Book

Composed mostly of questions, this picture-book biography traces Jeremy Lin's uphill battle as the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA. Moving from his youth to his breakout 2012 game with the New York Knicks, the book shows how faith, diligence, and tenacity helped Lin weather taunts, setbacks, privation, and an agonizing NBA draft wait. The digital illustrations employ spot art to depict Lin's off-court life, while full bleeds portray on-court action and the media craze ("linsanity") surrounding his meteoric rise from obscurity. Ho prompts children to reflect on their own experiences contending with naysayers, find role models who look like them, embrace who they are, and defy stereotypes. Back matter fleshes out Lin's life story and includes an author's note and bibliography.

Kirkus Reviews

A pep talk featuring Jeremy Lin, the first athlete of Asian descent to play in the NBA.

“Have you ever been told that you can’t?” With growing rhetorical force, Ho asks readers if they’ve ever felt misunderstood or disheartened. “You’re not alone,” he reassures them. “Have you ever turned on a television or opened a newspaper and discovered someone who looked like you?” The author goes on to show how Lin shrugged off naysayers and those who “made fun of his size, his race, and his game.” As a professional player, he was cut from his first team and continued to warm benches. He persevered, however, until, one February night in 2012, he was at last given the opportunity to show his dazzling stuff and ignited a season of “Linsanity” with the New York Knicks. Illustrations of two solitary, Asian-presenting children alternately ignored or surrounded by scoffing peers give way to scenes of the young Lin enduring similar treatment, including, in one scene, hearing catcalls from a dark-skinned young skeptic standing next to a light-skinned one mocking Lin’s eyes. But he works through it all and is ready when his chance comes to shine. “Now ask yourself,” the author concludes, “if Lin can, why can’t I?” Good question.

A slam dunk choice for role modeling. (more information on Lin, afterword, author’s note, bibliography)

Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-62354-372-3

Ages: 7–10
Page count: 40
81/2 x 11

Publication date: April 16, 2024

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