Lawrence Yep

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Laurence Yep always felt like an outsider. His parents were Chinese immigrants who insisted on speaking English at home. He grew up in an African-American neighborhood and attended a Catholic high school in San Francisco's Chinatown. When he arrived at college, he found himself to be one of the few Asian faces on campus. Slowly, Yep learned about the history and culture of the Chinese people and realized that their story had not been fully told in American literature-an oversight he sought to correct in his ...

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Overview

Laurence Yep always felt like an outsider. His parents were Chinese immigrants who insisted on speaking English at home. He grew up in an African-American neighborhood and attended a Catholic high school in San Francisco's Chinatown. When he arrived at college, he found himself to be one of the few Asian faces on campus. Slowly, Yep learned about the history and culture of the Chinese people and realized that their story had not been fully told in American literature-an oversight he sought to correct in his Golden Mountain Chronicles series. As a writer, Yep has also written in the science fiction, fantasy, and mystery genres, often about troubled youth. This new biography examines the life of an author whose books for young people have connected with those who know what it feels like to be an outsider.

About the Author:
Hal Marcovitz is a journalist who lives in Pennsylvania. He is the author of the novel Painting the White House as well as more than 60 nonfiction books for young readers

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Children's Literature - Laura J. Brown
Laurence Yep is an inspirational author in many genres, including science fiction and historical fiction. One of his most widely-read novels is Dragonwings, which he has also prepared as a screenplay. Readers young and old alike have been entranced by the stories that Yep has written, and this publication provides those readers with personal information about the man himself. Many would be surprised to learn that Yep did not always want to be a writer. In fact, he seldom read books, although he loved a good story. Growing up in San Francisco, he worked in his family's grocery store. There, he observed all kinds of people and learned a lot about different cultures. Yep had decided to become a chemist, but when he finally read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and several books by the prolific Andre Norton (author of more than three hundred novels), he changed his mind. This biography is a wonderful account of the writer, his art and life lessons we can all learn. Reviewer: Laura J. Brown
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  • ISBN-13: 9780791095270
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: Who Wrote That? Series
  • Pages: 136
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Kyle Zimmer     6
A Novelist Takes Wing     11
An Outsider Becomes a Writer     21
Bridge Between Two Cultures     35
Telling Stories from History     47
A Writer's View of the World     59
Dragons, Imps, and Aliens     69
San Francisco Mysteries     81
Stories About Families     93
New Stories to Tell     103
Chronology     112
Notes     114
Works   Laurence Yep     118
Popular Books     120
Popular Characters     123
Major Awards     125
Bibliography     126
Further Reading     128
Index     130

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