The Dragon's Child by Laurence Yep
A Story of Angel Island

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Did you want to go to America?
Pop: Sure. I didn't have a choice. My father said I had to go. So I went.

Were you sad when you left your village?
Pop: Maybe a little . . . well, maybe a lot.

Ten-year-old Gim Lew Yep knows that he must leave his home in China and travel to America with the father who is a stranger to him. Gim Lew doesn't want to leave behind everything that he's ever known. But he is even more scared of disappointing his father. He uses his left hand, rather than the "correct" right hand; he stutters; and most of all, he worries about not passing the strict immigration test administered at Angel Island.

The Dragon's Child is a touching portrait of a father and son and their unforgettable journey from China to the land of the Golden Mountain. It is based on actual conversations between two-time Newbery Honor author Laurence Yep and his father and on research on his family's immigration history by his niece, Dr. Kathleen S. Yep.

 

About Laurence Yep

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Laurence Yep is the acclaimed author of more than sixty books for young people and a winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. His illustrious list of novels includes the Newbery Honor Books Dragonwings and Dragon's Gate; The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, a Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee; and The Dragon's Child: A Story of Angel Island, which he cowrote with his niece, Dr. Kathleen S. Yep, and was named a New York Public Library's "One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing" and a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book. Mr. Yep grew up in San Francisco, where he was born. He attended Marquette University, graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and received his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He lives in Pacific Grove, California, with his wife, the writer Joanne Ryder.
 
Published March 25, 2008 by HarperColl. 133 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Yep adds to his ongoing Golden Mountain Chronicles with this absorbing tale of a basketball team that leaves San Francisco’s Chinatown to barnstorm across California and the West in 1939.

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""This Southern Chinese adaptation of a traditional Chinese tale gains notability through Yep's elegant, carefully crafted storytelling,"" said PW.

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Touching his cheek, she says, ""I know the loom and stove and many ordinary things, but my hand has never touched wonder."" The dragon then dances, ""curling his powerful body as easily as a giant golden ribbon"" and spins until he becomes ""a column of light, and from the light stepped a handsom...

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Monkey opens this narration--part of the saga of the dragons' efforts to reclaim their home--where the events of Dragon Cauldron left off: he and his companions are captives of the Boneless King and the traitorous dragon Pomfret.

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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 Fr...

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The nine-year-old narrator, who is modeled on Laurence Yep's (Dragonwings) father, describes his shy reintroduction to his own father, a \x93Guest of the Golden Mountain\x94 (someone who lives in America) who has returned to his family's village in China, this time to bring the narrator back to S...

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City Book Review

Ten-year-old Gim Lew Yep hardly knows his father, who has been gone living in America for most of Gim Lew’s life.

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His newest story is historical fiction based on his own ancestors --- Gim Lew is the author’s father.

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