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By Ray Xu (Author)

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For fans of Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese and Svetlana Chmakova’s Awkward, this funny yet poignant middle-grade coming-of-age story highlights the struggle of feeling invisible while yearning to be seen by all. 
Kevin Lee is having a really bad week. Although he lives in a crowded Toronto apartment above the family’s alterations and dry-cleaning store, he mostly goes unnoticed. School isn’t exactly an oasis either—being one of the few Asian kids makes for some unwelcome attention. But when Kevin’s class plans a trip to Thrill Planet, a spectacular theme park, will he finally have a chance to turn his life around, or will it just be another day for Kevin Lee?

Praise for Alterations

“A funny and heartfelt story that beautifully communicates the honest and awkward relationships we have with life and our immigrant parents.” 
—Dan Santat, Caldecott Medal winner and creator of A First Time for Everything 


RAY XU is a Toronto-based story artist for television and feature films. His recent work includes the 2021 Netflix animated hit The Mitchells vs. The Machines; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem; and more. He invites you to visit him online at

Pub Date: 1/30/2024

ISBN: 9781454945840

Price: $24.99 / $32.99 CAN

Format: Hardcover, Jacketed

Pages: 240 pages, all in color

Trim: 6 x 8.5 x 0 Inches

Territories: World

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels | Middle Grade Fiction

Age Range: 8 to 12

Publisher: Union Square Kids