Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Review-Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business (Mindy Kim #1) by Lyla Lee

Publisher: Aladdin Books
Published: January 14, 2020
Genre: Children's Lit
Source: Finished copy
Rating: 4 stars

Alyson Heller at Aladdin has acquired at auction, Lyla Lee’s debut chapter book series, pitched as FRESH OFF THE BOAT meets JUNIE B. JONES, the first book entitled MINDY KIM AND THE YUMMY SEAWEED BUSINESS, in which a Korean American second grader moves to a mostly Caucasian Florida community. In an effort to adjust to her new school, she starts a snack trading ring with the Korean food from her lunch to make new friends. Publication is set for Spring 2020, Summer 2020, & Fall 2020; Penny Moore at Empire Literary negotiated the deal for World Rights.


As a child, one of my most favorite books in the whole wide world was Junkie B. Jones. I loved her sassiness and all the shenanigans she would find herself getting into. I felt like Junie and I were kindred spirits. Fast forward to now and the new girl in town, Mindy!

Mindy and her father have just moved from California and Mindy is officially the new girl. Being the new girl can be very hard, especially for a young girl who doesn’t know how she’ll ever fit in. 

As luck would have it, things start looking up for Mindy when she starts trading out her snacks with the other kids snacks at school. But could this have consequences that could end badly? 

This was a super cute and super fast read perfect for children looking for something to help them not feel so alone. I look forward to the next book! Mindy is the best. 

*Thank you to the author for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are subjective but my own. 

Buy the book:
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About the Author:
Lyla Lee is the author of the Mindy Kim series as well as the upcoming YA novel, I’ll Be The One. Although she was born in a small town in South Korea, she’s since then lived in various parts of the United States, including California, Florida, and Texas. Inspired by her English teacher, she started writing her own stories in fourth grade and finished her first novel at the age of fourteen. After working various jobs in Hollywood and studying Psychology and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, she now lives in Dallas, Texas. When she is not writing, she is teaching kids, petting cute dogs, and searching for the perfect bowl of shaved ice. She is represented by Penny Moore of Aevitas Creative.

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