Ohioana Juvenile Literature Book Award: 2012
Native and resident of Cincinnati OH
For Where Do You Stay?
Andrea Cheng grew up in Cincinnati with three generations of her extended family living under one roof.
She is the daughter of Hungarian immigrants who spoke both Hungarian and English at home. Andrea is the author of eighteen award-winning
books for children and young adults. Her books including Grandfather Counts, Marika, The Key Collection, Honeysuckle House, Where the Steps Were, The
Bear Makers, and Brushing Mom’s Hair. Marika was the title selected for the Cincinnati’s 2003 “On the Same Page” community reading program.
Andrea teaches English as a Second Language and Children's Literature at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.
Where Do You Stay? is the story of eleven year old Jerome who is staying with his aunt after the death of his mother.
Jerome misses his old house with the piano in the front room and the garden out back, and his cousins aren’t happy about making space for him.
Then Jerome meets Mr. Willie, who is not like other people. He does not ask a lot of questions; he just listens.
The two have much in common, and they become friends. Like many of her stories, Where Do You Stay? is a collage of people and events in Andrea’s life.
Andrea Cheng website