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Dragon's Gate by Laurence Yep
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Sep 01, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, young-adult, fictional-adventure

NOT a fantasy: Otter, forced by impulsive actions to flee China, joins his father and uncle in California. The family works at building the transcontinental railroad across the Sierra Nevadas. The novel dramatizes the prejudice against Chinese workers, the dangers of the work, the hardship, fellowship and simple pleasures these men faced. The book moves quickly, with adventure and danger spicing a tale of a boy’s coming of age, facing the fact the family heroes he worshipped as almost superhuman are merely human, but courageous and admirable nonetheless. Positive.


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