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 >

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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 >

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CITY OF DEATH by Laurence Yep
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"A tongue-in-cheek ramble with frequent opportunities for derring-do and a multitude of supernatural entities more colorful than dangerous. (afterword) (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The world turns out to need saving from more than just one menace in this conclusion to Yep's teeming and polymythical fantasy/alternate history/quest/rescue/coming-of-age epic. Read full book review >

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SKUNK SCOUT by Laurence Yep
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"A minor effort from Yep. (Fiction. 8-12)"
To ten-year-old Teddy, camping can take a hike, as it were, especially when he has to go with his science whiz, know-it-all younger brother Bobby and bumbling Uncle Curtis. Read full book review >

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THE AMAH by Laurence Yep
Released: June 1, 1999

"It's formulaic, but not entirely superficial. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Revisiting characters from The Cook's Family (1998), Yep again explores personal and cultural conflicts arising between the generations in a Chinese-American family. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF THE GOBLIN PEARLS by Laurence Yep
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1997

"Though the plot is built around coincidence, the lively characters and a well-drawn setting rescue it; presumably the many dangling threads will be sewn into future episodes. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Yep (The Khan's Daughter, p. 68, etc.) launches the Chinatown Mystery series, set in modern San Francisco's Chinatown. Read full book review >

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SWEETWATER by Laurence Yep
Released: May 1, 1973

Shimmering like the star-charmed Argan music that Tyree learns from the spiderlike alien Amadeus, this is a many faceted vision of the watery city of Old Sion, planet Harmony. Read full book review >