Lily LaMotte with Diana Ma — 'Unhappy Camper'

From the acclaimed creators of Measuring Up comes a graphic novel about two sisters—one who embraces her Taiwanese culture and one eager to do away with it—who rebuild their bond at a Taiwanese American summer camp.


Third Place Books is thrilled to welcome back local author and bookseller favorite Lily LaMotte to our Lake Forest Park store! LaMotte will be discussing her new middle grade graphic novel, Unhappy Camper, and will be joined in conversation by local author Diana Ma. This event is free and open to the public.

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About Unhappy Camper. . .

From the acclaimed creators of Measuring Up comes a sophomore graphic novel about two sisters who rebuild their bond at a Taiwanese American summer camp. Perfect for fans of Be Prepared and Sisters.

Would you rather blend in or stand out?

Claire and Michelle used to be best friends, but now the two sisters couldn’t be more different. Michelle will do anything to fit in, even if it means denying her Taiwanese culture. Whereas Claire is proud of who she is. So much so that she decides to become a junior counselor at a Taiwanese American summer camp.  

Sensing a rift between the two, their parents decide to send them both off to camp, much to Michelle’s dismay. As summer continues, both sisters learn more about their culture and each other. But Michelle must eventually decide to either embrace her culture and her family or assimilate into the popular group at school. Which will she choose?

From Lily LaMotte and Ann Xu, the brilliant creators of Measuring Up, comes a heartwarming story about the importance of being true to yourself and standing up for what you believe in. 


Praise for Unhappy Camper. . .

"Xu’s clean, two-dimensional linework complements Lamotte’s winsome story showcasing the diversity of Taiwanese art (opera, glove puppets, folk songs, calligraphy) and toothsome culinary treats like han tsî muê (sweet potato porridge) and shaved ice with grass jelly in this feast for the stomach and the spirit." —Publishers Weekly

Lily LaMotte is the debut author of the middle grade graphic novel Measuring Up from HarperCollins/HarperAlley and her debut picture book Chloe’s Lunar New Year. Her next middle grade graphic novel Unhappy Camper is forthcoming from HarperAlley. When she isn’t writing, she’s cooking up new recipes and supporting her library system as a KCLS Foundation board member. Visit her at (Photo credit: Lucien LaMotte)

Diana Ma is a Chinese American author who writes young adult and middle grade books that feature Asian American heroes. Diana was a 2019 We Need Diverse Books mentee with Swati Avashti and a 2021 Highlights Foundation Muslim Storytellers Fellow. Diana lives in a suburb of Seattle and teaches composition, creative writing, literature, and humanities at North Seattle College.

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