Dragon wings by Laurence Yep
Dragonwings follows the young Moon Shadow Lee in his first years as a Chinese immigrant in America in the first decade of the twentieth century. Yep holds his own as a big deal author; he won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award in for his contribution to children's literature. Also adapted into a play for the Berkeley Repertory Theater in , Dragonwings asks what it means to believe in a dream when all odds are against you. Picture this: you find out that you're forced to move because your parent just got laid off and found a job in a new part of the state. You're kind of freaked out about going to a new school, but you're keeping your cool. On the first day of class, you show up rockin' your Mohawk and equipped with all the latest slang from your old school. Then you step on campus, and everyone has hair down to their butts and has resurrected Latin for conversation.
It inaugurated the Golden Mountain Chronicles below and it is the fifth chronicle in narrative sequence among ten published as of The book is used in school classrooms and has been adapted as a play under its original title. Yep and Dragonwings won the Phoenix Award from the Children's Literature Association in , recognizing the best children's book published twenty years earlier that did not win a major award. Dragonwings features the Chinese American experience in the United States, specifically San Francisco, shortly after the turn of the twentieth century. Moon Shadow grew up in China, having never seen his father, who had traveled to " The Golden Mountain " in America and worked hard in a family laundry which served the "white demons" Americans. Moon Shadow is soon reunited with his father and receives a few wonderful gifts from his father, uncle, and new friend. From his uncle he receives a pair of new black leather boots.
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