Lou Bulosan-Nelson is going to build her dream. She shares a room with her mom in her grandmother's house in San Francisco, and longs for a place of her own where she can escape her lovable but large extended Filipino family. Lou has a talent for woodshop class and creating projects, and plans to build a tiny house, 100 square feet, all her own, on land that she inherited from her dad, who died before she was born. Then Lou discovers it's not so easy to build one, but she won't give up on her dreamand her friends and family wont either. This heartwarming coming-of-age story explores culture and family, forgiveness and friendship, and what makes a house a true home. ADVANCED PRAISE FOR THE HOUSE THAT LOU BUILTLous story gives voice to Filipino youth, addressing cultural differences, the importance of community, and the true meaning of home. This delightful debut welcomes readers in like a house filled with love. Kirkus, starred reviewCheerful and hope-filled. School Library Journal, starred review"If this book were a house, the rooms would be filled with warmth, family, and friendship." Erin Entrada Kelly, Newbery Medal-winning author of Hello, UniverseEndearing to the end. Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor-winning author of One Crazy Summer "Warm, funny and affirming. As we get to know Lou, her extended Filipino family, and friends, the door opens into her life and, ultimately, her home." Lisa Yee, author of Millicent Min and the DC Super Hero Girls series "This story may be about a tiny house, but it has an enormous heart." Kate Messner, author of The Exact Location of Home"There couldn't be a hero more determined, resourceful or lovable." Tricia Springstubb, author of Every Single Second...
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The House That Lou Built Reviews
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Lou is a middle grader with a knack for building. She excels at her woodwork classes and has dreams of building her own tiny house. Especially because she currently lives with her mother in her grandmother’s house and barely has any privacy. She becomes even more desperate to build when her mother decides to move Lou away from her friends and large Filipino family for a new job offer.
I enjoyed reading LOU and definitely thought her to ...more
The excerpt I read sounds intriguing. Then I read some reviews of the book on various sites. Still sounds like a good read. I would think 5th to 8th grader might enjoy this story. Some may well be puzzled as so many schools have discontinued shop classes. Liability must be pretty high and do they really have a use anyway. Much like home ec. At least skills in home ec are useful. Not sure about shop classes.... They seem to have been more useful back in the 60s and 70s. By the 80's and 90s not mu ...more
I loved Lou and her tiny house dreams. The friends and family in her life made me so happy. What a lovely, heartwarming book.
The House That Lou Built
by Mae Respicio
Random House Children's
Wendy Lamb Books
Pub Date 12 Jun 2018
I am reviewing a copy of The House that Lou Built through Random House Children's/Wendy Lamb Books and Netgalley:
Lou Boulsan-Nelson has plans for an ultimate summer project she wants to build herself her own 100 foot tiny home. She shares a room with her Mother in her Grandmothers house, and she wants a place to escape her lovable and crazy extended Filipino family. Lou loves her w ...more
If this book were a house it would be a gingerbread house because it's so sweet! I loved the handy heroine, Lou, and her quest to build a tiny house. With the ubiquity of HGTV and DIY blogs, Lou's goal felt totally achievable and I was rooting for her to succeed. I also appreciated the author's deft hand in addressing gender stereotypes, cultural differences, and immigrant experiences, among other topics. There are so many important themes folded into the book, but they never felt forced or over ...more
Interest Level: 3-6
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What would you do if you found out your mother wanted to move you away from your family and friends? What would you do if you found out that the land your dad gave you is about to be taken away because your mom can't afford the taxes on it? Would you think to build a tiny house on it? I wouldn't, but Lou was determined to do just that. Lou is the top of her ...more
This was a wonderful story about persistence and family. Lou is a Filipino/American girl within a tight family unit facing the possibility of a move that would create geographical distance from her family. She struggles with not only the separation of family and friends, but from the land that her father left to her. Books portraying cultures are becoming more and more popular in youth fiction. I loved that this one shows the Filipino culture. My sister-in-law if Filipino and in sharing with her ...more
It is wonderful to find middle grade novels in which female protagonists aren't boy crazy or preoccupied with their appearance. While a case could be made that these concerns are part of coming of age and being in the middle grades, a steady diet of books that tackle those issues can get old after awhile. Thus, it is refreshing to meet Lou Bulosan-Nelson, a 12-year-old who is determined to build her own tiny house on property she inherited from her father. Lou is more interested in learning how ...more