Troublemaker follows the events of the LA Riots through the eyes of 12-year-old Jordan as he navigates school and family. This book will highlight the unique Korean American perspective.
12-year-old Jordan feels like he can't live up to the example his older sister set, or his parent's expectations. When he returns home from school one day hoping to hide his suspension, Los Angeles has reached a turning point. In the wake of the acquittal of the police officers filmed beating Rodney King, as well as the shooting of a young black teen, Latasha Harlins by a Korean store owner, the country is at the precipice of confronting its racist past and present.
As tensions escalate, Jordan's father leaves to check on the family store, spurring Jordan and his friends to embark on a dangerous journey to come to his aide, and come to terms with the racism within and affecting their community.
John Cho is known as Harold from Harold & Kumar, Hikaru Sulu from J.J. Abrams's Star Trek, or as the star of the highly anticipated live-action Netflix series, Cowboy Bebop, based on the worldwide cult anime phenomenon (news of which "broke the Internet," to quote Vanity Fair). John is also a former 7th-grade English teacher who grew up as a Korean immigrant kid in Texas and East L.A. (among many other places). He is also now a proud father, with his Japanese-American wife Kerri, of two beautiful children -- a 9-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old boy -- who love to read.
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (March 22, 2022)
- Language: English
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- ISBN-10: 0759554471
- ISBN-13: 9780759554474
- Reading age: 8 - 12 years
- Grade level: 3 - 7
- Item Weight: 10.4 ounces
Dimensions: 5.55 x 1.3 x 7.95 inches