Let's Talk About Middle School Crushes!
Sep 15, 2021 by Erin Yun
Back in middle school, I used to have quite a few unrequited crushes. The smart, quiet ones. The cool hipster ones. And, of course, the ones that didn’t know I existed. In fact, seeing as I didn’t start dating until college, you could say that I’m somewhat of a master in the art of the one-sided crush. That said, with my romantic history (or rather, my lack of one), I thought it only fitting to give the main character of my first novel, Pippa Park Raises Her Game, an unrequited crush of her own.
Writing a Korean American Story for Kids
May 18, 2021 by Erin Yun
As a kid, I was a voracious reader. Fantasy, realistic fiction, thrillers, mysteries, I read them all. Each week, I would beg my parents to take me to the local library, and each time I would leave with a stack of books almost as tall as me. Despite this, it wasn’t until college that I found books with Korean protagonists. I had moved into a wider pool of novels, adding translations and adult literature to the mix. When I was younger, I just didn’t see that many middle-grade or young adult books with Korean leads.
Different Passions, Same Drive: Basketball in Pippa Park
May 13, 2021 by Erin Yun
Today is the first day of the WNBA season! In my debut book, Pippa Park Raises Her Game, twelve-year-old Pippa Park is obsessed with basketball. Because of this, people often ask me if I played basketball in middle school, too. The answer is yes.... but I wasn’t nearly as good as Pippa is! Nowadays, the only sport I can handle is typing really fast. In honor of past times, I wanted to share my own experience on the court as well as explain why I chose basketball for Pippa’s passion.
Book Review: King and the Dragonflies
Feb 18, 2021 by Erin Yun
I haven’t read many books this winter. Maybe it’s because I’ve been busy writing or spending time with family. Maybe it’s because winter is hibernation season for me. Whatever the reason, as soon as I started reading Kacen Callender’s King and the Dragonflies, all my excuses flew out the window. I finished the book in one sitting.
10 Fun Facts About Charles Dickens
Feb 03, 2021 by Erin Yun
February 7th is Charles Dickens’ birthday! This year he'd be 209 years old. His classic book Great Expectations is the inspiration behind Pippa Park Raises Her Game by Erin Yun.
10 Tween Holiday Activities with Friends
Dec 02, 2020 by Erin Yun
Author Erin Yun shares 10 fun holiday activities for tweens and friends—just like Pippa Park!
Why Being Kind as a Middle Schooler was Important for Pippa Park Raises Her Game
Oct 13, 2020 by Erin Yun
Now that we’re more than nine months into a global pandemic, some days are inevitably full of gloom for me. During those times, I find myself gravitating even more toward middle grade novels. Even though middle school can be a vicious time in real life, middle-school-aged characters in these books often show such compassion and capacity for growth that I always finish each novel with a little hope in my heart.
My Three Favorite Meals for Chuseok
Oct 01, 2020 by Erin Yun
Crispy jeon, delicious japchae, and sweet Asian pears are just the tip of the iceberg of mouth-watering foods served on one of Korea’s most important holidays, Chuseok. So, in honor of the holiday, I’ll give y’all the rundown on some of the foods both Pippa and I eat on Chuseok...
Book Review: Stand Up, Yumi Chung!
Sep 10, 2020 by Erin Yun
Are you obsessed with Netflix comedy specials? Do you salivate at the mere thought of Korean barbecue? Are you, or have you ever been, a middle schooler? If you answered yes to any of these questions, do me a favor and grab a copy of Jessica Kim’s Stand Up, Yumi Chung!—a delightfully warm, deliciously funny middle-grade novel that is sure to get you smiling.
Kimchi-Jjigae: A classic Korean stew recipe
Sep 02, 2020 by Erin Yun
Here is my take on a classic Korean stew from my childhood—kimchi-jjigae!
Take Your Book Club Outside!
Jul 20, 2020 by Erin Yun
Enjoy a book club with your friends outside for a socially distant summer activity!
Learn How To Create Your Own Retelling!
Jul 09, 2020 by Erin Yun
The Summer 2020 Reading Theme is ”Imagine Your Story”, which celebrates mythology, fairy tales, and folktales and encourages young readers to create their own stories.
Jun 18, 2020 by Erin Yun
In my debut novel, Pippa Park Raises Her Game, I spent a lot of time thinking about the relationship between Pippa Park and her brother-in-law, Jung-Hwa. Since Pippa often squabbles with her older sister, Mina, I wanted her to have a sweet, strong bond with Jung-Hwa. Going into the first draft, I knew Pippa adored Jung-Hwa as a father figure, but the more I wrote about him, the more I adored him as well.
Book Review: Prairie Lotus
Jun 05, 2020 by Erin Yun
Last night, Linda Sue Park was one of many wonderful speakers at the KidLit Rally 4 Black Lives, which was created by Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson, and Jason Reynolds. Having recently read Park’s latest book, Prairie Lotus (delivered to my apartment by the lovely Books Are Magic) it was so powerful to see her speak about the way Asians, especially East-Asians, can use the “power of white adjacency” to speak up to white people about racism against black people. Read on for my review of Prairie Lotus, and then, if you missed the rally, you can watch the entire event here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=248795633092755.
Erin's Book Playlist for Pippa Park Raises Her Game!
May 28, 2020 by Erin Yun
If you need inspiration while writing, create your own book-themed playlist! Making a playlist will energize you, offering continued inspiration for your story. You can include songs your main character would enjoy listening to and songs representing a specific character or chapter—whatever will get you get closer to your characters and capture the tone of your book. Check out my playlist for Pippa Park Raises Her Game!
Q&A with Pippa Park Author Erin Yun
May 01, 2020 by Erin Yun
Why did you become a writer?
There wasn’t a particular reason; it’s just something I’ve always done and always loved. I’ve been writing for longer than I can remember—first, in old notebooks with such terrible handwriting that no one, not even myself, would ever be able to decipher it, and then later, on the family computer whenever I could fight off my siblings for computer time.
Host a Pippa Park Virtual Book Club!
Apr 17, 2020 by Erin Yun
Invite your friends and family to join a Virtual Book Club and talk about books for some fun (and educational!) social interaction.
5 Highlights from My First Author Tour
Apr 09, 2020 by Erin Yun
After many nights sleeping in hotels with weird, unidentified sounds, I am officially back to sleeping in my own bedroom with its own weird, unidentified, but familiar sounds. Concerns over COVID-19 canceled events in Texas, Oregon, and California. Hopefully, I’ll have the chance to make it out to those states one day. For now, I’m content to hole up in my apartment for a while. In between reading, writing, and binge-watching new Netflix shows, I’ve had a chance to reflect on all the wild, wonderful bits of my travels. Here are the highlights from my first author tour...
Book Review: The Doll People
Apr 02, 2020 by Erin Yun
I first read The Doll People by Ann M. Marlin and Laura Godwin when I was in elementary school. So when I was on tour a few weeks ago and the owner of Blue Willow Bookshop mentioned the title to me, a couple bells rang faintly in my mind. But I couldn’t quite put a plot to the name. Then, I saw the cover. Immediately, warm memories rushed back to me. Of course, I thought. How could I forget about The Doll People? How could I forget about green-haired Annabelle or the adventure of being cooped up in a single house? Whether you’re in a nostalgic mood like me or you’re someone who is just now encountering this charming series, The Doll People is sure to win you over.
Print & Play Word Games with Pippa Park!
Mar 27, 2020 by Erin Yun
Need home entertainment for your middle schooler? Play Word Games with Pippa Park!