Eleven-year-old Thom Ngho is keeping a secret: she’s strong. Like suuuuper strong. Freakishly strong. And it’s making it impossible for her to fit in at her new middle school.

In a desperate bid to get rid of her super strength, Thom makes a deal with the Monkey King, a powerful deity and legendary trickster she accidentally released from his 500-year prison sentence. Thom agrees to help the Monkey King get back his magical staff if he'll take away her strength.

Soon Thom is swept up in an ancient and fantastical world in where demons, dragons, and Jade princesses actually exist. But she quickly discovers that magic can’t cure everything, and dealing with the trickster god might be more trouble than it’s worth.

Now available for pre-order! Out on December 1, 2020! 


Advance Reviews

Spinning a fantastic tale of adventure, humor, and mischief, Hoang also incorporates portrayals of racism, belonging, identity, and intergenerational differences that ring true, crafting a fantasy for the modern age with enough complications to hint at more to come.

A tale that deals with important issues of fitting in and cultural understanding, while soaring into the realms of myth and magical adventure.

In this heartwarming #OwnVoices debut, Hoang captures the confusion and frustration of a girl caught between multiple worlds, uncomfortable with her own identity.

Publishers Weekly,

Starred Review

A girl with superhuman strength must have one heckuva origin story... With Quang and Lien’s appealing illustrations, this should be an easy sell to the Rick Riordan set.

"Mekisha Telfer at Roaring Brook has acquired debut author Van Hoang's Girl Giant and the Monkey King, a contemporary middle grade fantasy about a Vietnamese-American girl who struggles to fit in at school and to keep her secret super strength under control, so she makes a deal with the Monkey King, the trickster god, only to discover that magic can't cure everything. Publication is scheduled for fall 2020; Mary C. Moore at Kimberley Cameron & Associates did the deal for world rights."

©2020 by Van Hoang.