Shannon: A Chinatown Adventure

Shannon: A Chinatown Adventure

by Kathleen V. Kudlinski, Bill Farnsworth
     
 

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In 1880, Shannon O'Brien and her family have just come to San Francisco from Ireland. On an errand, Shannon meets Mi Ling, a mysterious, frightened Chinese girl. Who is she? And what is she afraid of? The answer sends Shannon on a mad dash up the hills, on the trolley cars, and through the neighborhoods of San Francisco.

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In 1880, Shannon O'Brien and her family have just come to San Francisco from Ireland. On an errand, Shannon meets Mi Ling, a mysterious, frightened Chinese girl. Who is she? And what is she afraid of? The answer sends Shannon on a mad dash up the hills, on the trolley cars, and through the neighborhoods of San Francisco.

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Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
It is impossible to review this work in the "Girlhood Journeys" series without comparing it to the "American Girl" series. It is a close replica of that series, in presentation and subject matter. Shannon is a young girl who has just arrived in San Francisco, emigrating from Ireland. She becomes involved in an adventure to save a young Chinese girl who has been enslaved by a Chinese merchant. Shannon is aided in her rescue by her neighbor and new friend, Betsy. Betsy knows her way around on the cable cars-but they still get into a lot of trouble with both sets of parents. But the Chinese girl, Mi Ling, is saved. Like the "American Girl" books, a brief historical section follows. This book does compare favorably to the books of the "American Girl" series. It is a good vehicle for girls to learn about history, while reading stories with proactive, independent young girls as heroines.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-6These titles offer glimpses of a period in history through a young girl's eyes. Juliet's story, set in England, illustrates the limited number of choices available to a girl in 1339. Juliet exhibits unheard-of bravery and courage, especially when she rescues a trained peregrine accidentally set free by her younger brother. She envies her best friend, who comes from an upper-class family, but soon discovers that even wealth cannot insure happinessMarguerite's father betroths her to an unknown man. Shannon's story, set in San Francisco in 1880, begins with her family's move to America from Ireland. Deeply homesick, Shannon must recognize that America is now her home. While accompanying her father on a trip to a Chinese-owned pet shop, she observes a crying young girl who mysteriously disappears before Shannon can help her. Exhibiting courage and willfulness, Shannon enlists some of her newfound American friends to come to the girl's rescue. Yes, the plots are fairly predictable, but the books do have suspense, likable characters, and, without a doubt, a ready-made audience in readers of the "American Girls" series (Pleasant).Julie Shatterly, York County Public Library, Rock Hill, SC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689809842
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
09/17/1996
Series:
Girlhood Journeys Series , #2
Edition description:
1st Aladdin Paperbacks ed
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
6.19(w) x 8.53(h) x 0.27(d)
Lexile:
620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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