SECRET OF THE JADE PAVILION by Sylvia Sherry

SECRET OF THE JADE PAVILION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The secret of the title is the most deception you'll get here; this is a friendly, quite overt story of Ah Wong growing up in Singapore in very poor circumstances, hoping to support his family (a grandmother, great- uncle, siblings) by getting a job in the restaurant business, actually reduced to hawking on the streets. Then he is bullied by Small Devil, who belongs to the Green Dragon Mountain Society, and eventually Ah Wong's sister goes to work as a maid in the flat above the Jade Pavilion which houses this local tong group. At the close Ah Wong is instrumental in exposing them and his fortune cookie no longer crumbles--he will be rewarded with a restaurant of his own.... Ah Wong may gain a little definition from the illustrations (not seen, by Gustave Nebel)--as it is there are pleasant touches of life in present-day Singapore and a story that stands up.

Pub Date: Oct. 30th, 1967
Publisher: Lippincott