Video by Teresa LeYung-Ryan
Cover Art by May Key Lee
Frances Lee Hall website: https://fleehall.blogspot.com/
San Francisco native Frances Lee Hall graduated from Vermont College of Fine Arts in January of 2008, with an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She formed a Bay Area writers’ group with two other VCFA alums that quickly grew, and she worked hard on several manuscripts over the coming years. She was thrilled when her agent, Marietta Zacker, sold her middle-grade novel, LILY LO AND THE WONTON MAKER, to Egmont USA in late 2013. Sadly, the international publisher closed US operations a little over a year later and LILY LO, along with many other stories, never made it into print. Tragically, Frances died unexpectedly of a brain aneurysm in November of 2016 without realizing her dream.
Frances was a devoted friend and a gifted artist whose infectious smile and laugh brightened a room. She gave so much support and encouragement to those around her and we wanted to do the same for her.
Her writing group was determined to help her diverse story reach young readers via Inkshares and launched a Quill campaign for 250 pre-orders which we quickly met thanks to the support of family and friends.
The book was released on November 27, 2018!
All proceeds from sales of the book go to support the education fund of Frances’ and Lance’s daughter Emmie.
You can read the first four chapters by clicking "Read" above.
“Delicious wonton soup brings together a Chinese-American girl, her grandfather, and the community in this middle-grade novel… A well-told, thoughtful, amusing story of maturing perspective.” --Kirkus
Thanks for stopping by. And thank you for helping family and friends honor the memory of an exceptional woman and writer, Frances Lee Hall.
Nine-year-old Lily Lo and her BFF Rosana are determined to win the “Big Match” soccer playoffs with their team, the Leopard Sharks. But Lily’s grandpa, a.k.a. Gung Gung, won’t cheer or do “the wave” like the other parents and grandparents. He clips coupons in the bleachers instead of watching Lily play. Lily’s frustration leads to big problems with her family, and clashes with her friends and teammates, too. Funny thing, an old family recipe for Wonton dumplings (with a shrimp surprise!) may be the answer that brings luck and harmony to all.