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The House That Lou Built

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My grandfather used to say, "That's how dreams work. You just have to do them."

Lou Bulosan-Nelson is going to build her dream. She shares a room with her mom in her grandmother's house in San Francisco and longs for a place of her own, where she can escape her lovable but large Filipino family. Lou takes a woodshop class at school, and she shows real talent. She plans to build a tiny house - one hundred square feet all to herself - on land she inherited from her dad, who died before she was born.

Then Lou discovers that it's not so easy to build a house, not when her beautiful land may not be hers for much longer and her mom may want to move them out of state. But she won't give up on her dream, and her friends and family won't give up either.

This fresh and charming debut from a Filipina American writer is a heartwarming coming-of-age story that explores culture and family, forgiveness and friendship, and what makes a house a true home.