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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’d like to do the same for her.

Her writing group is determined to help her diverse story reach young readers via Inkshares. We’ve launched a campaign for 750 pre-orders, but can still publish at 250. You can read the first four chapters by clicking "Read" above.

Thanks for stopping by. And thank you for helping family and friends honor the memory of an exceptional woman and writer, Frances Lee Hall.

All proceeds from sales of the book beyond the initial funding amount will go to support the education fund of Frances’ and Lance’s daughter Emmie.

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 not just with her family, but 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.