Wendy Wan-Long Shang is a middle-grade author who focuses on the many experiences of Chinese-Americans with humor, heart and a sense of history. Her most recent book, This is Just a Test, was co-written with her friend, Madelyn Rosenberg, and examines Chinese/Jewish identity, Cold War fears and friendship in the 1980s. Her debut novel, The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, was described by Booklist as "captur[ing] the seemingly unbearable unfairness of being a tween balanced between two cultures. Lucy's struggles and frustrations are realistic, and her experiences take her from stubborn resistance to pride in her Chinese heritage." The Great Wall of Lucy Wu received several awards, including the Asian-Pacific American Librarians Association’s Children’s Literature Award for 2012 and a place on nine state reading lists. The Way Home Looks Now portrays the struggle of Peter Lee and his family to recover from loss through baseball and the understanding that expressions of grief and love come in many forms.
Wendy has worked on behalf of children as a library volunteer, juvenile justice attorney, a tutor at an elementary school and a juvenile facility, and a Court-Appointed Special Advocate, but her most joyful roles have been as a mother and children's book author.