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White Jade Tiger

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  200 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Jasmine is not sure she likes the idea of being stuck in Victoria while her father goes to China for a year. But on a field trip to Chinatown, she explores a curious shop in Fan Tan Alley and accidentally passes through a hidden door. She finds herself in Victoria's Chinatown of the late 1880's. Mistaken for a Chinese boy, she is soon caught up in a race through the Fraser ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published April 16th 1993 by Dundurn (first published January 1st 1993)
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Nicholas Kristoff
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
White Jade Tiger is an interesting book. It's about a girl named Jasmine who is having a "perfect day"; everything is going the way she wants it to be, even though she's having inexplicable nightmares. However, while at her weekly tai-chi lessons, her dad tells her that her mom crashed her car into a tree and died on the way to the hospital. Jasmine is distraught. A few months pass when her dad is feeling lonely and dealing with his own pain of losing his wife, and tells Jasmine that he got a te ...more
Jasmine's father is going off to China to work, so she has to stay with her Aunt in Victoria, BC, until she can either join him, or until he comes home. Jasmine doesn't want to go to China, and she doesn't want to leave the suburbs to live in Victoria, but she doesn't have much choice.

Once at her aunt's, she discovers a coolie outfit and tries it on. She discovers that she can understand Chinese, and that she can travel in time in Chinatown itself. She makes friends with another Cool
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book a lot because not only is it a fiction but its a historical fiction which demonstrates true facts and things that happened from the past.This book is about a girl named Jasmine traveling back in time to when the CPR (Canadian Pacific Railroad) was being built. And during that time the canadians used chinese workers as slaves for the job because it was such a high risk and dangerous job. This book includes a lot of Canadian history around the time of the opium wars. I ...more
Feb 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: childhood, canadiana

One of my favourite childhood novels. It has the ideal combination of historical BC coast Chinatown, mystery and dragon/tiger ornaments.
Kayla (Kayla's Book Nook)
I was surfing Netgalley for something cool to read, and White Jade Tiger caught my eye. I really enjoy reading books about time-travel, as I like to see how life was/may be like in different eras. I feel like this book hit the nail on the head in that area!

For a synopsis, this book revolves around 13-year-old Jasmine. Her father is about to travel to China, but she is to be left at home in Victoria with other relatives. However, when she goes on a school field trip to Chinatown, she
Sep 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a favorite of mine when I had to read it in school. (The store from the book has always been, and still is, a favorite of mine to walk through back home.) It always stuck with me, so a couple years ago I bought it to re-read. Fond memories. :)
K.L. Beckmeyer
Nov 08, 2016 rated it liked it
A fantastical coming of age story, beautifully blending historical fiction with Narnia-esque magic.
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I love this book, it is a poart of my childhood and I can get into this story so easily.
May 08, 2010 rated it liked it
This book was really creative and amazing! It's a really good novel. =D
Kaitlyn Yap
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I personal really thought this book was AMAZING!
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thirteen-year-old Jasmine is deeply hurt and angry when she learns that her father is leaving for work in China almost immediately and she must stay behind with her aunt in Victoria BC. While at her aunt’s house, she discovers a coolie outfit and decides to wear it to a school outing in Chinatown. Somehow, she is transported back to the 19th c. as the railway is being built. There she meets Keung, a young Chinese boy who is looking for his father who had come to Canada seeking work. He had broug ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
This took me about a month and a half to finish as life was busy, but that also tells how captivating it was. I read this as a colleague was going to use it in her class and I’m the teacher-librarian. It was pretty good, with lots of local historical information (I wouldn’t be able to verify accuracy). I liked the time travel and the story brought me to tears at one point early in. I think it’s pretty well written and has lots of themes that could be explored, including tai chi/self-regulation, ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting history but disjointed story

A nice attempt to tell the story of the Chinese in BC during the 1880s. The storyline however was strained and cumbersome.
Teena in Toronto
Jasmine is thirteen and living in Victoria, BC, with her aunt while her father is working in China. On a school trip, she goes to Chinatown and is suddenly transported to Victoria's Chinatown in the late 1800s.

There she meets Keung, a young Chinese man who is looking for his father who had come from China a few years earlier to work on the railroad so he could make money to better himself back home. His father had found a white jade tiger amulet and instead of leaving it alone, he took it with
A very interesting younger adult novel dealing with the treatment of Chinese immigrants who helped built the Canadian Pacific Railroad. Much like their counterparts in the United States, they were barely tolerated by a white population who realized they couldn't get the railroad built without them. Jasmine lives in modern-day Victoria. The sudden death of her mother leads to a series of revelations and trips to the city's Chinatown. When she steps through the door in a shop she suddenly finds he ...more
Michelle Kidwell
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing

White Jade Tiger

by Julie Lawson


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Middle Grade, Children's Fiction

Pub Date 10 Jan 2017

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of White Jade Tiger through the publisher and Netgalley:

The book opens with Jasmine's recurring nightmare.

Bright Jade sat alone at the pool. She was the emperor's favorite.

Jasmine soon learns her Father is going to China alone, so he can teach in
Feb 09, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Really cool idea! Cannot wait to read.
Karen Whittard
Nov 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley, Dundurn and Julie Lawson for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

This book was ok. But I found it rather slow and hard to read because of this because I had to make myself want to read it.

The thing that I loved about this book was the time travel. I always like abit of time travel in my books. I liked finding out about Canada and China in the 1880s.

Jasmines father is going to China without her and Jasmine isn't very happy about this. So Jasmine sets
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
I just couldn't get into this book. It sat on my bed-side table for weeks and weeks. I had originally picked it up to be part of my mother-daughter book group but I only got a few pages in when I realised that this was something the girls might not enjoy.

The pace was way too fast and the story incredibly predictable. I've done a few historical fictions in this group and I also felt that another one wasn't needed.

I gave it an extra star for the Canadian History I learned f
L. Weiner
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed the settings and the mystery in this book. Without actually knowing Chinese, it transported me with imagination in my mind's eye.
White Jade Tiger is an absolutely engaging fictional historical read and I have already lent it to my friends who have school-age kids...who according to them, has been "2-thumbs up!"
Julie Lawson is a must-read author for adults and kids.
Apr 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
A very interesting read in a little known area of Canadian history. Lawson weaves the story into the events of the era skillfully.
Sep 26, 2016 rated it liked it

Through Fan Tan Alley,
girl goes back in time in search
of jade amulet.
Heather Pearson
May 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian, ya
excellent YA time travel story by a Canadian author
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Julie Lawson is the award-winning author of many books for young people. Her novels include White Jade Tiger (winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Book Literature Prize and nominated for both the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award and the Silver Birch Award), Destination Gold, and The Ghost of Avalanche Mountain. Among her acclaimed picture books are The Dragon’s Pearl, Emma and the Silk ...more
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