The Secret Life of Maeve Lee Kwong Curriculum Support

The Secret Life of Maeve Lee Kwong is frequently featured on international reading lists advocating cross-cultural literature and fiction with biracial protagonists, including Star Reads (UK – an initiative of the National Literacy Trust). It was highly recommended by the School Library Journal (USA) and is on Victorian Department of Education’s literature with an Asian focus.

It’s a firm favourite in Year 8 reading circles and is a set text at Year 8 in many schools.

Troy Martin and Amelia McBride teacher’s notes explore the themes of friendship, family relationships, and coping with tragedy.

Christopher Cheng listed The Secret Life of Maeve Lee Kwong in his top 10 Chinese-themed Australian Books on the Paper Tigers website.

The Asian-Australian Children’s Literature & Publishing Project, Queensland University of Technology, featured interviews with authors writing on Asian-Australian themes, compiled by Michelle Dicinoski

Click here  to download a pdf of the interviews.        


The Secret Life of Maeve Lee Kwong in schools

Comments from teachers about The Secret Life of Maeve Lee Kwong in the classroom:

  • The Secret Life of Maeve Lee Kwong immediately interested me as an ESL Teacher in two secondary schools, one a boys’ school, the other a girls’ school. As it turned out, the novel is very suited to the ESL student as it deals with cultural difference and the search for identity that confronts most students at some time.
    Mary Kent, Laurence’s College, QLD
  • This is a satisfying read with well-rounded characters and sensitive descriptions of teenage life, and would be very useful in a study of family, friendship and multicultural society.
    Pat Pledger
  • This is a thoroughly enjoyable book with interesting characters behaving in realistic ways. This title will be popular with junior high girls though there are enough male characters to keep the boys interested should this be used as a class novel. Issues covered include; ethnicity, what is family, friendship, cultural traditions, dancing, relationships.
    Lorene Furmage