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I was so happy to welcome Kristen Mai Giang to my list last year. She came with two book deals under her belt, and her debut, GINGER AND CHRYSANTHEMUM (also the debut of the wonderful illustrator, Shirley Chan), migrated with Arthur Levine from Scholastic to Levine Querido and will be out this fall.

And now Arthur has signed a second picture book with Kristen—and this one is much more personal. LAST FLIGHT is based on the true story of Kristen's family's escape from Vietnam six days before the fall of Saigon in 1975. Saigon-based artist Xuan Loc Xuan will illustrate.

I can’t wait to see this one next year! Congratulations, Kristen!

—Erin