Chevy Chase Library Children's Room invites children from all of the District of Columbia public libraries to participate in the annual Sheila Robertson Writing Contest. This award, sponsored by Friends of the Chevy Chase Library, encourages children from kindergarten to eighth grade, to read and write book reviews about a special book that inspired them.
Deza Malone, 12 years old, comes from a deeply loving close-knit family. Deza's family's journey "to a place called Wonderful" begins in Gary, Ind. Deza is the smartest kid in her class. Singled out for greatness by her teachers. But the Great Depression hits Gary hard and there are no jobs for black men.
In 1947, the year of the Boar in the Chinese calendar, Shirley Temple Wong (an American name she chose for herself) leaves with her mother from China to come to America. They are coming to live with Mr. Wong, who has been working and preparing a home for them. Everything is unfamiliar in coming to a new country.