Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 22, 2022

Book Giveaway: WEI TO GO by Lee Miao April 5th

Lee Y. Miao is the debut author of a middle grade book, WEI TO GO!, illustrated by Penny Weber and published by Clear Fork Publishing on April 5, 2022. Lee has agreed to send a copy to one lucky winner living in the US.

All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Thank you for helping Lee and Penny.


Twelve-year-old Ellie Wei Pettit, a word nerd, hyper-analytical, and directionally challenged, hopes to focus on summer softball. And if she could just lose her sports-whiz brother Kipp, life would be perfect. Until out of the blue, an international firm threatens to take over her beloved dad’s company. If he’s fired, her family must say goodbye to best friends and their perfect California neighborhood. Unless Ellie can save him, secretly.

When her teacher hints she should seek out a mysterious CEO, Ellie journeys to Hong Kong where her mom will attend a conference. Ugh—Kipp tags along, too, hoping to score a splashy assist. Unexpected weather, unfamiliar language, and unpredictable customs—it’ll take everything she’s got to stop the takeover. When Ellie stumbles on an unexpected weapon, she’s betting this just might clinch her face-off with the CEO.

Idea cover sketch


My inspiration to write WEI TO GO! came from overseas travel about five summers ago. When I visited Asia, including Hong Kong, the weather was particularly humid and exacerbated my dwindling travel skills. Many years earlier, my kids often had the same challenges during trips. They found it bewildering and comical to do normally simple things like navigating mass transportation or even dining out. I had fun capturing this perspective and friendly sibling rivalry, just like my book’s main character and her brother.

Many middle-grade books today are coming-of-age stories with protagonists whose families have recently immigrated to America. My book features kids who have partial Chinese heritage, are third generation, and are thoroughly Americanized. Ellie, the main character, has little understanding of her background except through her heritage class. She isn’t always obedient, and English is her forte, not math and science. Her pesky brother Kipp excels in competitive sports. While in Hong Kong, Ellie especially tries to better understand her heritage. I combined these characters with a mystery regarding international business, my professional background before I became a writer.

As I worked on umpteen versions of my manuscript, my characters became very real, so I started sketching my version of them. Since I’m not an artist, I actually had to start with lowly stick figures. Once I had a few presentable drafts, I submitted them to Penny Weber who astounded me with her art skills by making the kids so true to life. I’m forever grateful for her amazing book cover illustration.


Lee grew up in a small Pennsylvania town spending many hours in its fabulous library. She studied international relations and worked with a magazine in New York City before graduate studies in business. Her international banking work in California included a stint in Asia for a few years. Eventually, she became a freelance writer and editor for grades 6–8 English language arts and social studies projects. After moving to New York, she pivoted to writing middle-grade fiction, her favorite genre.

Lee’s next middle-grade book, related to WEI TO GO, features Ellie’s bestie. Cat is determined to find out why she’s a dead ringer for a lady painted in a Raphael portrait during Renaissance Italy. This book will also be published by Clear Fork Publishing.

She lives with her family and a ball-chasing dog and when not writing, enjoys concerts, travel, and spectator sports. Read more about Lee and her books at


Penny Weber is a full time illustrator from Long Island, New York, where she’s lived all of her life. She creates digital illustrations that mimic the look of water color and traditional painting.

Below is some other books that Penny has Illustrated: 

Amielle-Rose: A Tale of Faith, Courage, & Triumph by Nicole Duhart

The Legend of the Tooth Fairy by John And Irene Lynch

Always Mom, Forever Dad by Joanna Rowland

The Adventures of Michael John: X Marks the Spot by Mike Bezilla

The Bailey Triplets and The Money Lesson by Pamela Bell

The Bailey Triplets and The Fussy Eater Fix: The Fussy Eater Fix by Pamela Bell

Sisters by Maryann Deignan

The Angel Ornament by Steven Poston

Amielle-Rose: The Gift of Purpose by Nicole Duhart

Grumpy ‘ole Henry the Pug and the Christmas Blues by KM Reid

Jackie Wibble Wobble and Me by Laurie Ahern

Penny was featured on Illustrator Saturday. Here’s the link.

Penny attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City where she studied graphic design and illustration.

Lee, thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. This book sound so interesting with a young girl needs to solve a mystery to save her Dad’s business. Add in that she has to travel from California to Hong Kong, just gives it another layer of intrigue.  The second book sound like another winner. Can’t wait to read both of them. I love the cover illustrator Penny Weber created for your book. Wishing you much success!

Talk Tomorrow,



  1. Sounds like a fun read! I’ve never been to Hong Kong but would like to visit someday.


    • Thank you so much, Nina! I hope you’ll like the book. Lee


  2. I’m reblogging, posting on Facebook and twitter. Wishing you both all the best, Lee and Penny!


  3. Reblogged this on Writer-Reader-Teacher.


  4. I enjoy reading mysteries and getting to “travel” to foreign countries while reading is so much fun. Thank you for introducing me to this author and illustrator. I’m an email subscriber and shared:


    • Thank you so much, Danielle! I hope you’ll enjoy the book. Lee

      Liked by 1 person

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