A graduate of Yale and Columbia Universities, Paula Yoo is a former journalist who has worked for the Detroit News, Seattle Times, and People magazine; a screenwriter whose credits include Supergirl, Mozart in the Jungle, and The West Wing; and a professional violinist who has played with both classical orchestras and contemporary rock bands. Her many books for children and young adults include the novel Good Enough, an Asian/Pacific American Award Honor book, and From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry, which won the 2021 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Nonfiction and was longlisted for the 2021 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
"A vivid, heartbreaking account of one of the most important
moments in Asian American history. I couldn't put it down." -- Gene
"A tremendous feat of both research and writing-and a major contribution to our inspiring and infuriating American story." -- Steve Sheinkin
"This clear and lucid account, based on in-depth research, superlatively conveys the context and significance of the events.... An accessible and compelling account of a tragedy that resonates through the decades." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Admirably objective.... Yoo discusses the resurgence of anti-Asian attitudes and rhetoric in connection to COVID-19, reinforcing the book's through line that Chin mustn't be forgotten." -- Booklist (starred review)
"Yoo skillfully retells the life story of Vincent Chin [and] reminds readers of Chin's legacy 'to fight back against hate.'" -- Horn Book Magazine (starred review)
"Suspenseful.... [A] resonant, painstakingly recreated historical account." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Readers will be riveted.... Highly recommended for readers interested in social justice nonfiction such as Chris Crowe's Getting Away with Murder and Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy." -- School Library Journal (starred review)
"[An] extensive examination.... From a Whisper is arguably the most comprehensive overview of the gruesome events and the aftermath of trials, protests, convictions, reversals and civil suits.... Yoo is determined: "not knowing" is no longer an option." -- Shelf Awareness
"A Washington Post Best Children's Book of 2021"
"A Publishers Weekly Best Young Adult Book of 2021"
"A School Library Journal Best Book of 2021"
"A New York Public Library Best Book of 2021"
"A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2021"
"An NPR Best Book of 2021"
"A Horn Book Best Book of 2021"