THE DRAGON’S CHILD by Laurence Yep

THE DRAGON’S CHILD

A Story of Angel Island
Age Range: 8 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

Historian Kathleen S. Yep teams with her uncle Laurence to craft a compelling tale based on transcripts of his father’s 1922 immigration interview. The Yeps relate the harrowing experiences of ten-year-old Gim Lew, who, after crossing the Pacific with his father, is interned on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, where he must submit to lengthy detailed interviews about his home, village and neighbors, in order to prove he is who he claims to be. To pass this detailed interrogation, he has conscientiously studied a family book containing specifics about his home: How many windows in your house? How many steps? How are the houses in your village arranged?, etc. To enter “The Golden Mountain,” he must answer the questions perfectly, leaving no room for doubt by the immigration officers. The boy’s frustration and anxiety rise from the page, as does this particularly xenophobic and unjust moment in U.S. history. Fiction based on facts and the authors’ smooth narration vividly evoke the past and its inhabitants. (Historical fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-027692-8
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2008




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