Search Results: "Laurence Yep"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

HIROSHIMA by Laurence Yep
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1995

"As 1995 will mark 50 years since the bomb was dropped, new materials are needed to join Eleanor Coerr's Sadako and the Paper Cranes (1977) and Toshi Maruki's horrifying Hiroshima No Pika (1980); this offering is unlikely to lead the pack. (Fiction. 10- 13)"
Though deeply felt, a choppy, confusing account of Hiroshima's destruction that reads like a set of preliminary notes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

DRAGON CAULDRON by Laurence Yep
FANTASY
Released: April 30, 1991

"More to come. (Fiction. 10+)"
The further adventures of dragon Princess Shimmer (Dragon of the Lost Sea, 1982; Dragon Steel, 1985), who is still attempting to restore her lost home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DRAGONWINGS by Laurence Yep
Released: Sept. 1, 1975

"And the dream that becomes the plane Dragonwings lifts this into a world where truth and imagination are one."
In the beginning, all is strangeness to Moon Shadow as he leaves the Middle Kingdom to join his father in the Land of the Golden Mountain. . . only to end up in the Tang people's quarter of San Francisco where the drunken "demons" often beat up Tang men and his uncle Black Dog, an opium smoker and a crook, keeps the family all too involved with the brotherhoods. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TIGER’S APPRENTICE by Laurence Yep
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Near the end, Mr. Hu shares his soul to save Tom's life; what Tom will be like as part tiger, and what the monsters will try next to procure the object, must wait for the second entry in this simultaneously gentle and suspenseful series. (Fiction. 9-12)"
This colorful fantasy seamlessly weaves ancient Chinese mythology into the contemporary city of San Francisco. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Essential reading for all students of America's complex history and culture. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Yep lays down another course of his now monumental, seven-generation family chronicle begun in Dragonwings (1975) with this tale of two Wyoming Territory outsiders—one an illegitimate white child, the other a US-born son of a Chinese coal miner—who witness the Rock Springs massacre, one of the most savage race riots in our history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE COOK'S FAMILY by Laurence Yep
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 1998

"Yep sensitively explores the complexities of immigrant culture from several points of view, creates an appealing, diverse cast, and gives his plot both a memorable premise (drawn, as he explains in an afterword, from actual incidents) and a strong, bittersweet ending. (Fiction. 10-13)"
In a poignant sequel to Ribbons (1996), two strangers comfort a lonely old man with a shared, ongoing fantasy. Read full book review >