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Lulu the One and Only

by Lynnette Mawhinney Magination Press
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Hbk 32 pages
AU$27.99 NZ$28.69
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It’s not what you are, it’s who you are!


Lulu loves her family, but people are always asking


What are you?


Lulu hates that question. Her brother inspires her to come up with a power phrase so she can easily express who she is, not what she is.


Includes a note from the author, sharing her experience as the only biracial person in her family and advice for navigating the complexity of when both parents do not share the same racial identity as their children.
“Armed with her own unique power phrase—'I’m Lulu Lovington, the ONE and only!’—Lulu feels empowered to handle any questions that come her way…. This book does more than simply tell a single story of biracial experience: it talks about navigating everyday racism in sensitive, but frank, ways. This affirmation is just as important as the power phrase…. All children will benefit from this pitch-perfect discussion of race, identity, complexity, and beauty.” —Kirkus Reviews STARRED Review
Lynette Mawhinney, PhD, is associate professor and chair of the department of curriculum and instruction at the University of Illinois at Chicago helping to prepare future urban teachers for the classroom. She has previously published three books (a fourth in progress) and 27 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.


One area of her academic research focuses on autoethnographic explorations around biracial identity and development. To date, she has two peer-reviewed articles and one book chapter on biracial identity. This is her first children’s book.


She lives in Chicago, IL.


Jennie Poh was born in England and grew up in Malaysia (in the jungle).


Pen and paper by her side at all times, she loved drawing princesses and writing stories. At the age of ten she moved back to England and trained as a ballet dancer. After failing her art A-level, Jennie decided the art world was definitely for her so she studied fine art at The Surrey Institute of Art & Design as well as Fashion Illustration at Central St. Martins.


Illustrating is the reason she gets washed and dressed in the morning. She loves drawing quirky beautiful girly stuff and works with ink, watercolor, collage, origami paper, pencils, and usually ends up wanting to bash her computer.


Jennie lives in Surrey, England.