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Andrea Cheng

Biography

Andrea Cheng

Andrea Cheng is the author of several children’s books, including HONEYSUCKLE HOUSE, WHERE THE STEPS WERE, THE BEAR MAKERS and BRUSHING MOM'S HAIR. She teaches English as a Second Language at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. She lives in Ohio with her family.

The child of Hungarian immigrants, she was raised in inner city Cincinnati, Ohio in an extended family with three generations under one roof. 
 
After graduating with a BA in English from Cornell University, Andrea went to Switzerland, where she learned French, taught English and apprenticed to a bookbinder. Upon her return, she went back to Cornell to study Chinese and got an MS in linguistics.
 
She is married to Jim Cheng and has three children, Nicholas, Jane and Ann.

Andrea Cheng

Books by Andrea Cheng

Written by Andrea Cheng and illustrated by Patrice Barton - Children's, Children's 6-9, Fiction, Friendship, Youth Fiction

When Anna is gifted a copy of THE SECRET GARDEN, it inspires her to follow her dreams --- maybe she can plant ivy and purple crocuses and the birds will come. Or maybe what grows from her dream of a garden is even better: friendship. And friendship, like a garden, often has a mind of its own. In this prequel to THE YEAR OF THE BOOK, join Anna in a year of discovery, new beginnings, friendships and growth.

written by Andrea Cheng with illustrations by Patrice Barton - Children's 10-12

Astute Anna discovers that sisterhood really can cross continents and cultures in this heartwarming fourth book in the Anna Wang series. Patrice Barton's lively and warm illustrations bring Anna's story to life.

written by Andrea Cheng with illustrations by Patrice Barton - Children's 10-12

Eleven-year-old Anna heads off to sixth grade, leaving the comfort of elementary school behind and entering the larger, more complex world of middle school. Surrounded by classmates who have their roots all in America, Anna begins to feel out of place and wonders where she belongs. When Anna takes a trip to China, she not only explores a new country and culture, but finds answers to her questions about whether she is more Chinese or more American.    

written by Andrea Cheng with illustrations by Patrice Barton - Children's 10-12

Last year, Anna learned how to be a good friend. Now that her family has adopted a baby girl from China, she wants to learn how to be a good sister. But the new year proves challenging when the doctor warns that the baby isn’t thriving. Can Anna and her best friends, Laura and Camille, create a science project that saves the day? In this heartwarming sequel to The Year of the Book, readers will be just as moved by Anna's devotion to her new sister as they will be inspired by her loving family and lasting friendships.

written by Andrea Cheng, illustrated by Abigail Halpin - Fiction

Lonely fourth-grader Anna Wang turns to books for company, but soon finds there is more to life than what can be found in the pages of a book. Andrea Cheng’s THE YEAR OF THE BOOK is about a precocious reader navigating relationships with friends and family using the books she loves.