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Linda Trinh

Linda Trinh is a Vietnamese Canadian author living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She immigrated to Canada with her family when she was a young child. In addition to writing for children, Trinh publishes for adults in literary magazines and anthologies.

Fiction (Juvenile, Chapter book)

The Mystery of the Painted Fan

Toronto: Annick Press, 2023.
Series: The Nguyen Kids ; bk. 3
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Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

The third book in the early chapter book series The Nguyen Kids features the youngest sibling, Jacob, and continues the series’ exploration of social justice themes, specifically gender expression and identity, with a supernatural twist.

Thoughtful and creative, Jacob is tired of being the baby of the family. He is ready to fully express himself in all of the ways that feel right to him, but not everyone seems as eager to accept change—even his own parents. He still loves hockey, yet he also wants to try something new, even if others may not understand. Confused and frustrated, Jacob turns to the beautiful fan his Grandma Nội gave him, which features all of the Vietnamese zodiac animals. With the mysterious fan and memories of Grandma guiding him, Jacob finds the power to remain true to himself, and show his family who he could be.

Fiction (Juvenile, Chapter book)

The Power of the Pearl Earrings

Illustrated by Clayton Nguyen
Toronto: Annick Press, 2022
Series: The Nguyen Kids ; bk. 2

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Spontaneous and energetic Liz, the middle Nguyen sibling, grew up hearing stories from her Grandma Nội about the fantastically fierce Trung Sisters, freedom fighters in ancient Vietnam. And with a new school year about to start, Liz is determined that her taekwondo classes will prove she is just as important and brave as the famous warriors. That is, until the new boy at school, Michael, threatens her plans by turning her best friend against her, telling her the things she can’t do because she’s a girl. Struggling with both her friendships and her place in her family, Liz finds help where she least expects it—in the pearl earrings her Grandma Nội left her as a gift, reminding her of her Vietnamese heritage. Armed with the earrings’ mysterious power, Liz decides to show Michael exactly what girls are capable of.

Fiction (Juvenile, Chapter book)

The Secret of the Jade Bangle

Illustrated by Clayton Nguyen
Toronto: Annick Press, 2022
Series: The Nguyen Kids ; bk. 1

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Organized and introspective nine-year-old Anne Nguyen misses her Grandma Nội, a lot. But even though Grandma Nội passed away, it doesn’t mean she’s disappeared.

When Anne and her younger siblings Jacob and Liz are given gifts passed on to them by Grandma, Anne soon realizes that hers—a beautiful jade bangle—has a secret power. One that might just give her the strength to stand up to her ballet teacher, who treats her differently than her white classmates, and embrace her Vietnamese identity through cooking Grandma’s recipes. No matter how difficult things get, Anne learns that the love of her ancestors is always with her.

Links

Linda Trinh personal website

Publisher Annick Press