Paper Son by Helen Foster James
Lee's Journey to America (Tales of Young Americans)

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An effective and empathetic depiction of the Angel Island experience.


In 1926, 12-year-old Fu Lee lives with his grandparents in a small village in China. He lives with his grandparents because his parents are dead. It is a difficult life but made easier by the love Lee shares with his grandparents. But now Lee must leave all that he knows. Before his parents died, they spent all of their money buying a "paper son slot" for Lee to go to America. Being a "paper son" means pretending to be the son of a family already in America. If he goes, he will have the chance for a better life. But first he must pass the test at Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco. Only then will he be allowed to live with his new family. If Lee makes even a single mistake, he could be sent back to China. Lee knows his grandparents want a better life for him. He can't let them down.

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Petra Brown lives at the foot of Mount Snowdon near the little Ffestiniog railway, in the beautiful country of North Wales, United Kingdom. When she was a child, she used to love to look through books and draw the pictures herself. Now she finds that illustrating children's books is immensely satisfying. You can visit her at
Published April 15, 2013 by Sleeping Bear Press. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Mar 27 2013

An effective and empathetic depiction of the Angel Island experience.

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