bookspacePhoto of readermy comments
 home > bookspace > my comments > comment: the dragon's child : a story of angel island /
Subscribe via RSS 
The dragon's child : a story of Angel Island
Laurence Yep
Children's Fiction YEP

Comments  Summary  Excerpt  Reviews  Author Notes

From Publishers' Weekly:

This short novel about a father and son's journey from rural China to San Francisco in 1922 will firmly grip the target audience. The nine-year-old narrator, who is modeled on Laurence Yep's (Dragonwings) father, describes his shy reintroduction to his own father, a "Guest of the Golden Mountain" (someone who lives in America) who has returned to his family's village in China, this time to bring the narrator back to San Francisco with him. The narrator perceives his father as rich and successful, but he also sees that his father sticks out "like a flagpole" in his village. As the journey begins, the boy slowly learns hard truths: the father's impressive clothes have been rented, and he works as a houseboy ("The clan would have laughed at the notion," the son notes grimly). All the while the two prepare for immigration tests to be administered at Angel Island outside San Francisco, knowing that failure means deportation; only during this test do readers finally learn the boy's name. Yep's use of the boy's perspective enables the reader to experience a spectrum of emotions (curiosity, homesickness, fear) in tandem with learning historical facts--a trick that lends the book both authenticity and charm. B&w photos not seen by PW. Ages 8-12. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:
This review is not available

Be the first to add a comment! Share your thoughts about this title. Would you recommend it? Why or why not?

Question about returns, requests or other account details?
 Add a Comment
Submission Guidelines

Find this title in the Library Catalog
Find this title in the Library Catalog

more titles about

main characters Gim Lew
Age: 10
Asian American
Must leave to America with his father; must pass a test that will prove who he is; studies everything about his home land.

recent comments
hcl mobile app
Facebook Twitter Tumblr YouTube Vimeo Flickr Federal Depository Library Federal
Hennepin County Government Hennepin
© 2014  Hennepin County Library12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55305 Comments and Feedback    |    RSS