The Secret Keepers
by Paul Yee
Set in San Francisco's Chinatown before and after 1906, this novel portrays a young Jackson Leong coping with the ghost of his brother who died in the earthquake, as well as the mysterious ghost of a young woman. Jackson must find out the reasons why the ghosts are haunting the world of the living. If he fails, his family will face disgrace and ruin.
Paperback, 133 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Tradewind Books
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I liked this book. I'm not a huge fan of super-natural and sci-fi, but this had enough of a plot line to keep me interested. And, it was based in a time period and amongst a culture that I know little about. So, even though I read it as a possible novel to teach to freshmen and sophomores, I learned something. My one observation is that the author gave clues throughout the first 125 pages of the book, but nothing came together until the very end. I don't know if that's necessarily a criticism, b...more
Simple language, interesting plot and characters very simply told. San Francisco Quake, Chinatown, ghosts and haunting become a very basic story that has more promise than execution. Simple language and helpful cultural references might make this a great read for English Language Learners.