Dead Man's Gold and Other Stories

Dead Man's Gold and Other Stories

Written by: Yee, Paul
Illustrated by: Chan, Harvey
ages 11 and up / grades 6 and up

These ten original ghost stories dramatize the history of Chinese immigration to North America -- from the poor village men who first came searching for gold in the late 1850s to the new immigrants who arrived from Hong Kong in the wake of the Cultural Revolution. These stories describe the resilience and struggle of people trying to make new lives for themselves in a strange land. But these are also ghost stories, a popular narrative form in China. Though men and women seek their fortune in the New World, the links to China are strong.

Wherever they go, the Chinese immigrants are reminded of their home country -- the curse of a friend betrayed, the ghost of a faithful spouse, the spirit of a dead parent. The tales describe the plights and dreams of men and women, rich and poor, greedy and good, young and old. Together, they tell the tumultuous story of 140 years of Chinese immigration to North America, creating a New World mythology of immigrant stories.

These ten original ghost stories dramatize the history of Chinese immigration to North America -- from the poor village men who first came searching for gold in the late 1850s to the new immigrants who arrived from Hong Kong in the wake of the Cultural Revolution. These stories describe the resilience and struggle of people trying to make new lives for themselves in a strange land. But these are also ghost stories, a popular narrative form in China. Though men and women seek their fortune in the New World, the links to China are strong.

Wherever they go, the Chinese immigrants are reminded of their home country -- the curse of a friend betrayed, the ghost of a faithful spouse, the spirit of a dead parent. The tales describe the plights and dreams of men and women, rich and poor, greedy and good, young and old. Together, they tell the tumultuous story of 140 years of Chinese immigration to North America, creating a New World mythology of immigrant stories.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — Nov 1, 2001
Specifications 104 pages | 5.5 in x 8.5 in
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Excerpt
Written By

PAUL YEE was born in Spalding, Saskatchewan, and grew up in Vancouver's Chinatown. A former archivist, he now writes full time. His books have won many awards and honors, including the Governor General's Award (Ghost Train), the Ruth Schwartz Award (Ghost Train and Roses Sing on New Snow), and the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award (Tales from Gold Mountain). He has won the Vancouver Book Award and been shortlisted for the BC Book Prize, and his books have been named to several lists, including NYPL Books for the Teen Age (Dead Man’s Gold), ALA Notables and Booklist's Top Ten Historical Fiction. Most recently, Paul’s young adult novel Money Boy was named a Stonewall Honor Book and he won the Vicky Metcalf Award for a body of work. Paul lives in Toronto.

Illustrated by

HARVEY CHAN immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong as a teenager. He has won the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award three times - with Paul Yee for Roses Sing on New Snow and Ghost Train, and with Celia Barker Lottridge for Music for the Tsar of the Sea by Celia Barker Lottridge. Harvey is currently living in Hong Kong.

Audience ages 11 and up / grades 6 and up
Reading Levels Lexile 890L

Long-listed, Kiriyama Prize Notable Book, 2002

Long-listed, Michael L. Printz Award, 2002

Long-listed, Red Cedar Book Award, 2004

Commended, Lasting Connections - Book Links, 2002

Commended, White Ravens (Special Mention), 2003

“...alternately tragic, ironic and gentle...” —Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW

“His plain, beautiful words speak with brutal honesty...” —Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

“Yee is mining gold and we are all richer for it.” —Quill & Quire

"...alternately tragic, ironic and gentle..." — Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW

"His plain, beautiful words speak with brutal honesty..." — Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

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