Search Results: "Laurence Yep"


BOOK REVIEW

CITY OF FIRE by Laurence Yep
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The author's consistent habit of freezing attacks for exchanges of threats or banter turns most of the action scenes into leisurely set pieces, but such scenes follow one another in quick succession in this plot-driven tale, and the cast is as engaging as it is diverse. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Set in an alternate 1941 in which there's no world war and humans share the world with hordes of imps, trolls, shapechangers, gods and every other type of creature that Yep can conjure from world mythology, this opener to a planned City Trilogy pits a squad of unlikely allies against bad guys with a shadowy but ominous agenda. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2006

"It is notable especially for the attention paid to the experience of San Francisco's Chinese immigrants, and a good choice for reluctant readers. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Eight-year-old Henry Travis and nine-year-old Chin, son of the family houseboy, experience the events of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 that destroyed both the Travis's wealthy home and the Chin's tenement apartment. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"The third entry promises a huge battle, with Tom becoming more of a tiger; this one on its own is static. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Offering less action than its predecessor, this middle episode in a creative yet gentle series is so calm it feels diluted. Mr. Hu—a tiger guarding the phoenix egg from evildoers—shared his soul with Tom at the end of Book One, but Tom's shift towards tigerness is slow. Read full book review >

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THE STAR FISHER by Laurence Yep
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 1991

"A likable, thoughtful story about a young woman learning to value her own differences. (Fiction. 9-14)"
The author of Dragonwings (Newbery Honor, 1976) draws on his mother's childhood to depict a Chinese family's experiences when they arrive from Ohio to open a West Virginia laundry in 1927. Read full book review >

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THE LOST GARDEN by Laurence Yep
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"A detailed, absorbing picture of Chinese-American culture in the 50's and 60's, of particular interest to Yep's many admirers or would-be writers. (Autobiography. 11-15)"
In a strong debut for the new "In My Own Words" series, the author of The Star Fisher (see below) portrays his own youth. Read full book review >

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DRAGON STEEL by Laurence Yep
FANTASY
Released: April 10, 1985

Yep's Dragon of the Lost Sea (1982) ended with comrades Shimmer (a dragon princess) and Thorn (a boy) capturing the witch Civet, who had displaced Shimmer's clan by draining their Inland Sea. Read full book review >

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DRAGON OF THE LOST SEA by Laurence Yep
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1982

"But for fanciers of fantasy as travelogue of enchantment, there are descriptive passages of spotlight intensity and an overlay of visual embroidery—plus attention to the protagonists' physical sensations, including those involved in the process of changing from human to dragon form."
Yep turns to pure fantasy in this story of a several-hundred-year-old dragon princess traveling the land with a young orphan boy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DRAGONS OF SILK by Laurence Yep
FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"An interesting glimpse into a little-known aspect of Chinese history and culture and a fitting conclusion to an epic series that began in 1975 with the Newbery Honor-winning Dragonwings. (Historical fiction. 10 & up)"
Silk, an ancient legend and family history tie several generations of formidable females together over three centuries in this conclusion to Yep's monumental Golden Mountain Chronicles. Read full book review >

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THE STAR MAKER by Laurence Yep
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Reminiscent of Tomie dePaola's 26 Fairmount Avenue books, this brief tale tenderly portrays a large, loving extended family and presents a rich multicultural theme and an engaging plot for middle-to-upper-elementary readers. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In the way that young children often do, when pressed by his bullying older cousin Petey 8-year-old Artie boasts that he'll provide the whole family with firecrackers for the upcoming Chinese New Year. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DRAGON ROAD by Laurence Yep
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

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. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2006

"A nice choice for sensitive readers. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Returning to the charm of the first installment, Yep finishes Tom's tale with more sweetness than adrenaline. Read full book review >

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LATER, GATOR by Laurence Yep
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 1995

"An entertaining ending is marred by an afterword expounding the villainy of mistreating pets, but this remains an interesting slice-of-life portrait based in San Francisco's Chinatown. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Teddy's younger brother, Bobby, is kind, helpful, and loving; Teddy therefore does what he must to make Bobby's life miserable. Read full book review >