When Sophia N. Lee was growing up, she spent her summers in Tarlac, in the care of her paternal grandparents. “I was a very sickly kid, and this was the time I would be nurtured back to health by my grandfather who we called Dada, my grandmother Mama Jessie and my father’s sister, Tita Lynn,” Lee recalled.
“Those summers stand out in my mind as times when I felt incredibly loved—I remember dancing as my grandfather sang and played the ukulele in the early mornings, eating only my favorite food, playing tindera at my wawa’s (my Lola’s sister’s) sari-sari store, and having the most restful sleep.”
Lee would grow up to win the Scholastic Asian Book Award in 2014 for her young adult …
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