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Paper Daughter

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  260 ratings  ·  59 reviews

Maggie Chen was born with ink in her blood. Her journalist father has fired her imagination with the thrill of the newsroom, and when her father is killed, she is determined to keep his dreams alive by interning at the local newspaper.

While assisting on her first story, Maggie learns that her father is suspected of illegal activity, and she knows she must clear his name. D

Hardcover, 215 pages
Published April 5th 2010 by Harcourt Children's Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Lydia Presley
Apr 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2010, young-adult
First of all - beautiful cover. It caught my eye instantly and I was so excited to receive the opportunity to read and review this book.

Paper Daughter is a double entendre. At first the book appears to be a story of a young woman, the daughter of a newspaper reporter who was killed suddenly. She has plans to follow in her father's footsteps and becomes involved in investigating an interesting story about her local government.

In addition, Paper Daughter or Paper Son has another meaning.

Q: What i
Nicole Wagner
Jun 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This story was incredibly formulaic, and the plot was interesting enough that I wish it wouldn't have been. In fact, I wish it had been 2-3 times longer and more epic.

Paper Daughter was ambitious in scope, spanning just about a century and four generations of a family from China to America. It taught me a few new things about American history, in particular the phenomenon of "paper sons" who would falsify relationships with American-born Chinese in the early twentieth century in order to secure
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mp2
Sasha Ernst
Paper Daughter by Jeanette Ingold

The book Paper Daughter by Jeanette Ingold is about a girl named Maggie Chen, who is an intern at a Seattle newspaper company, whose father, a journalist, was recently killed in a hit-and-run accident. With all the stress of starting an internship, she has to go through all of his old papers and documents to find that he was researching a “family project”, and his old college supposedly doesn’t have any record of him, which gets Maggie thinking. Maggie
Maggie Chen and her father were close. He passed down his journalistic acumen to her--killer instincts and an innate need to illuminate truth. So when the prep school he allegedly attended claims no record of him after his untimely death, she grows suspicious. However, she has little time for sleuthing--she has been selected for a summer internship at her local newspaper and spends four days per week supporting the newsroom staff. When Maggie and another journalist uncover a juicy political corr ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first checked out this book,it was hard to really get hooked. But,I decided to give a chance to read further. It is a mystery,which I like,but takes its time to get into it at first. In the end it was worth finish reading the book! I ended up liking the book and pulled me further with the main character on her journey to find clues. I do recommend this book to those who like to take things one thing at a time.
Erin Bentley
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was good for learning about another culture for me. I am not aquatinted well with Chinese culture or the struggle of Chinese immigrants, so this book enlightened me with that. I like when a book delivers culture to a reader while providing a nice somewhat believable story.
Nandeni Kanna
My rating 3.5, worth reading
Mix of journalism and finding out father's past, with historical Chinese immigration interludes (more minimally developed)
Feb 23, 2011 rated it liked it
This book gives us mystery & crime; a strong female protagonist discovering her ethnicity, her father's secret, and a family she never knew; plenty of Newsroom reporter action; a peek at the History of Chinese immigration in America; and responsible journalism...WOW...that's a lot to roll into one book. The story opens with a mother and daughter coming to terms with the death of the father in a hit and run "accident." The daughter has just accepted a high school internship at the newspaper where ...more
Mar 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: own

Paper Daughter is one of those books that not only has the reader thoroughly engaged and entertained throughout the story, but teaches about a different time in history as well; a combination I always adore!

Paper Daughter tells the story of Maggie Chen, a girl who's coming to terms with the death of her prolific journalist father while making her own breakthrough into the journalism world and investing a troubling part of her father's past, and Fai-yi Li, a young boy who came over to Ameri
Mar 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Maggie Chen is a high school intern at the local news station, following in the footsteps of her father, who was recently killed in a car accident. when she stumbles upon some of her father's notes and a local politically motivated murder is uncovered, Maggie starts to piece together the coincidences into a big question about who her father really was.

Fai-yi and Sucheng Li, a brother and sister, fled to America in the midst of the Chinese Exclusion Act, when the U.S. began restricting Chinese im
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

Her father would be so proud; at least that's what Maggie Chen hopes. He was a great newspaper reporter, and now Maggie has a coveted intern position at a local newspaper.

It hasn't been a year since Maggie's father, Steven Chen, was killed by a hit and run driver. The story is that he was lost and attempting to find his way home from a reporting assignment. Now, Maggie has a chance to move on and focus on something productive and at
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Maggie Chen is the daughter of an award-winning journalist. Just like her dad, she loves writing and words and getting to the bottom of things. But her dad was killed in a hit-and-run accident a couple months ago, and since then she and her mom have mostly just been surviving. Her summer internship at the newspaper is coming up, but without her dad around to calm her jitters, she's getting more and more worried about it.

One day a note comes in the mail from her dad's fraternity saying they have
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

The novel paper daughter by jeanette Ingold is the novel I choose for my diverse read. The main character Maggie is a reporter for the newspaper when her father dies and she began to get suspicious that her father was more than what he told her. Jeanette Ingold takes you through the tough times and the happy times of Maggie's adventure of finding out who her father really was. You should read this book if you like drama and plot twist.

Many people don't know why it's so important to read a dive
Aug 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
Maggie Chen is starting an internship at a Seattle paper, but the person who would have been proudest of her accomplishments--her dad, accomplished journalist Steven Chen--died in a hit and run car accident just months earlier.

As Maggie begins work at the paper, a big story might shed light on why her dad was where he was on the night he died...but maybe Maggie doesn't want to know. And that's not all she doesn't want to know. A flood in the basement forces Maggie to go through her dad's office,
The ebook ISBN:9780547487892 is filled with typos and errors. This is fairly typical of Houghton Mifflin ebooks. Most pages had at least one error present.

Some examples:

The ebook reads more like an unproofed OCR scan than a finished book. Very disappointing, I'm thankful that I borrowed it from the public library instead of purchasing it.

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Jul 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
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Jan 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
When Maggie's father dies, her mother and she don't know what to do. Her father was a reporter who was killed in a hit and run accident just before Maggie is to start a summer internship with the local newspaper. As Maggie sorts through her father's old office, she stumbles upon a notebook with a puzzling line. "The trouble with small deceits is that the poet was right: they do become tangled webs. And you can't foresee who will be ensnared in them or who will be hurt if you tear back through to ...more
Eric Tsai
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
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jiawei Ong
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“Maggie Chen was born with ink in her blood.” Paper Daughter starts with the days after Maggie’s father had been killed in a hit-and-run accident. Maggie lost connection with her father ever since the accident and reminisces the days with the guidance and shouldering of her father. The only knot tying them together is the ink in their blood, in which father is a journalist and Maggie decides to take the same steps by interning at the local newspaper. She eventually discovers that her father is ...more
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Jeanette Ingold's culturally rich novel is wonderfully diverse. Switching between modern-day teen Maggie and a man named Fai-yi Li, Paper Daughter has some truly beautiful lines of prose. Ingold incorporates details well, especially in Fai-yi Li's sections. At one point, he narrated how he had an apple on a string around his neck, "where [he could] reach for a bite without moving from [his] work." It seems like a trivial thing, but I loved that small detail.

However, I felt distant from Maggie, t
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paper Daughter
Jeanette Ingold
This book is about a young girl named, Maggie, gets a internship at a newspaper when she find out her father tragically died. As she is doing research on a report she realizes her fathers desk could be a lot more complex then she thought. I enjoyed this book overall, it switches between Maggie and a separate character. I was disappointed at the ending, there was a lot of hype rising to the end and it was not as big as they made it.

Sep 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 9th
I really loved this book! I choose it because a) it was about journalism and I was really into that when I picked the book up, and the b) there was a girl staring off into the distance on the cover, do I want to read this book?? I think yes. So this book was not too terribly hard for me to get into, but I did not dive right into it, but once I got into it, I just flew through it. I loved the way that the book was set up, so that you knew a little bit more than the character did for most of the b ...more
Feb 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Paper Daughter by Jeanette Ingold is a story of family. It follows Maggie Chen, an average high school girl, living an average life until one day, while going through her father's last effects she uncovers a piece of information which sets her world spinning.Coupled with this information is the possibility that her father may have been involved with some shady business. Oh, and did I mention Maggie is interning at the local newspaper? She's totally in for a crazy summer.
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Jul 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this quiet tale of a girl struggling to find out who her father was after his death. Though as an adult I found the revelations she discovered about her father were less shocking in the book then those likely to be made in real life. In reality, parents are people and people make mistakes and do dumb, stupid, or at least gross things. So he made up the story of his past family, that is shocking, but she doesn't find his secret collection of porn, or his embarrassing love of star trek, ...more
Nov 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! Ingold did a wonderful job of tying history to a contemporary issue. Maggie Chen is a smart kid in Seattle preparing for an internship at the local newspaper. The sudden hit-and-run death of her father has thrown her a curveball, but she carries on with life and the summer internship anyway. As the story unfolds, Maggie discovers a mystery about her father's past, a mystery that surprises both her and her mother. At the same time, Maggie stumbles onto a big newsp ...more
Melissa Mcavoy
This mystery weaves the 1930s immigration story of Li Fai-Yi, a Chinese teen who immigrates to America under a false identity to avoid the Chinese Exclusion Act, with the suspicious death of a modern teen’s father. Reviews are mixed, with more than half giving praise to the thorough historical research and haunting and convincing portrait of early 20th century Seattle. The mixed reviews, (Publisher’s Weekly & School Library Journal) feel the story is compromised by occasionally heavy-handed them ...more
Bewitched Bookworms
Jun 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-posted
It's interesting how the mystery in this story creeps up on you. When I read this book I hadn't read the synopsis, so I didn't know that Maggie's father's lies would continue to grow until they implicated him in illegal activity, thereby threatening everything she held dear about him. But the build up was subtle and so smoothly handled that you won't know for sure just who Maggie's father is: honest and true news reporter or horribly flawed crook.

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Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Maggie begins an internship with a local newspaper as a HS student, which should be the most exciting time of her life, but she just lost her father. She finds a mystery as she sorts through some of his papers, and discovers that he wasn't who she thought he was. This is a coming of age book, very well written, about finding the truth, and unconditional love, and learning about who you are.

I also learned a lot about illegal Chinese immigration practices from about 75 years ago. Interesting.

It's so refreshing to read a book with no bad language and nothing inappropriate. Also, the whole plot wasn't revolved/focused around/on romance, and to me, that's a relief, because by itself, this story sucked me in and didn't let go 'till the end. Although I tried, I didn't guess the right details on how they were related, but it was a beautifully sad story woven together to keep you guessing to the end. I may have skipped some of the description, but only because I was too excited too get the ...more
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