• Title: The Serpent's Children: Golden Mountain Chronicles: 1849
  • Author: Laurence Yep
  • Released: 2001-01-23
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 288
  • ISBN: 0064406458
  • ISBN13: 978-0064406451
  • ASIN: 0064406458
From School Library Journal Grade 7 Up?Listeners familiar with Dragon's Gate by Lawrence Yep (HarpC, 1993) will be eager to hear [Laurence Yep's] rendition of its prequel (HarpC, pap. 1996). Set in early 19th century China, this is the story of eight-year-old Cassia Young and her family as they struggle against famine, violence, and the disapproval of other clan members. Her parent's life work has been their involvement in "The Brotherhood" whose goal is to drive foreign invaders from their country. Father, a skilled soldier, hopes that his only son, Foxfire, will carry on this mission and relentlessly drills the boy in proper fighting technique. But Foxfire, a dreamer who consistently fails to meet his father's expectations, ultimately flees China for the chance to succeed in the land of the "Golden Mountain" across the sea. Filled with riveting descriptions of daily life, including a horrifying scene in which Cassia's aunt and uncle attempt to bind her feet in an effort to improve her chances of making a good marriage, Yep's book provides realistic details of a young girl growing up under the harshest of conditions yet determined to keep the promise she made to her mother of keeping the family together. [Yep's] narration, once listeners get over the dissonance between her very American voice and the culture of the main character, effectively captures Cassia's spirited personality. This is an engrossing portrayal of a tumultuous period in China's history that is unfamiliar to many American readers. Recommended for all public library collections.?Cindy Lombardo, Ashland Public Library, OH
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the edition.

About the Author

Laurence Yep is the acclaimed author of more than sixty books for young people and a winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. His illustrious list of novels includes the Newbery Honor Books Dragonwings and Dragon's Gate; The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, a Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee; and The Dragon's Child: A Story of Angel Island, which he cowrote with his niece, Dr. Kathleen S. Yep, and was named a New York Public Library's "One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing" and a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book.

Mr. Yep grew up in San Francisco, where he was born. He attended Marquette University, graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and received his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He lives in Pacific Grove, California, with his wife, the writer Joanne Ryder.

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