Big News! I’m so thrilled to share in the joy of a friend who has just had her first book published. Let me introduce you to Ting Ting, by Kristie Hammond.
I’ve never met Kristie, but I’ve been reading her blog for years and feel very connected to her. My copy of Ting Ting arrived on Tuesday so I sat down after dinner and devoured the whole thing in one sitting. It’s the story of a little Chinese girl who endures being separated from her parents at the time of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, eventually being reunited with them in Canada and navigating the difficult life of an immigrant. The main character is roughly based on Kristie’s real-life daughter-in-law, Diana. The back of the book says it’s for “ages 8+” but it made this 50+ woman smile, laugh out loud, and even shed a few tears. I’d say that means her writing is very good, especially for a brand-spankin’-new author.
You can read more about the story on Kristie’s blog, where she interviews herself about the whole process. (http://journeynorthof49.blogspot.com/2013/11/ting-ting-story-behind-story-giveaway.html) I hope you’ll take a look at Ting Ting and consider supporting a first-time author who really deserves it. Congratulations, Kristie! I also highly recommend reading Kristie’s blog. Her family consists of five children, three of whom were adopted from different countries (Korea, Thailand, and Romania). They are a lovely family leading interesting lives, and I learn a lot from what Kristie shares with us so openly.
Here are two places to buy the book: