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The Case of the Goblin Pearls (Chinatown #1)

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What would you do if your famous movie-star aunt asked you to be a jar of ointment in Chinatown's New Year's parade? And what if disaster struck in the middle of the parade and someone stole a priceless pearl necklace right in front of you? Worse yet, what if your great-aunt thought she was still the famous action heroine Tiger Lil and decided to catch the sidekick?That's ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 23rd 1998 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1997)
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Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twelve-year old Lily Lew has just learned her Hollywood famous Auntie, and namesake, is coming for a job promoting the Chinatown New Year's parade. Auntie Tiger Lil is a firecracker character, full of spunky attitude that makes for a perfect detective character. Think Miss Marple meets Charlie Chan meets Bruce Lee. While Tiger Lil is no longer in the prime days where she was making TV serials of an action star, she and her niece end up embroiled in a crime syndicate when a burglar makes off with ...more
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Lily's name sake actress Aunt Tiger Lil' is coming to stay with Lily's family while she oversees a portion of the New Year's Day parade. However, a gang called the Powell Street Boys is robbing several Chinatown businesses and the mayor is threatening to cancel the big parade. When the Goblin Pearls go missing, Lily and her Aunt try to solve the case.

Lily is a typical 12 year old and this novel, while written in 1997, isn't too dated with technology - maybe it will be in the next 10 years when k
May 29, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: childrens
Could have been a great storyline for Scooby Doo! SPOILER ALERT: but Scooby never would have kept the stolen property in the end as this heroine does. (do we really want kids to think this was ok????) Entertaining, but I think this book may have been thrown together much too quickly. Not very well written - jumpy, too many characters to keep straight even tho many are not that important to the plot anyway. Very surprised this series was continued beyond this book.
Dominic Edgerton
Nov 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who like mystery
I like that Lily Lew (the main character) is trying to give her famous aunt Tiger Lil a good time while she's over. Also how Lily has a good attitude about a lot of bad things. She also has a side of her where she boasts a little too much. Also it's cool how when she was in a jar costume she actually rolled down the hill. Overall it's a good book and I would recommend it.
Diego Sanchez
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
A young teenage girl in Chinatown is forced to solve the mystery on who had stolen the family pearls that were displayed during the Chinese parade in San Fransisco. She goes on a journey in which her life is threatened when she notices that there are corrupted officials involved in the crime. But the girl is really determine and manages to restore her families honor when she gets the pearls back.
May 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
For a book report...eighth grade, I believe.

One thing that stuck out - main character had a friend who liked math, and it wasn't portrayed as something weird or super-special. Which was awesome.
Cathy Willis
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Take place in San Francisco during Chinese New Year!
Dec 06, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
this book is really hard to fallow because it skips around a whole bunch,and it is lacking of voice!!!
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Born June 14, 1948 in San Francisco, California, Yep was the son of Thomas Gim Yep and Franche Lee Yep. Franche Lee, her family's youngest child, was born in Ohio and raised in West Virginia where her family owned a Chinese laundry. Yep's father, Thomas, was born in China and came to America at the age of ten where he lived, not in Chinatown, but with an Irish friend in a white neighborhood. After ...more
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