Staking a Claim, the Journal of Wong Ming-Chung, a Chinese Miner, California, 1852

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Newbery Honor author Laurence Yep's incredible JOURNAL OF WONG MING-CHUNG is now in paperback with a stunning repackaging!

In 1852, during the height of the California Gold Rush, ten-year-old Wong makes the dangerous trip to America to live with his uncle, exchanging the famine and war of his native country for brutal bullies and grueling labor in America, Wong joins his uncle and countless others in the effort to strike it rich on the great "Golden Mountain." Unfortunately, ...

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Newbery Honor author Laurence Yep's incredible JOURNAL OF WONG MING-CHUNG is now in paperback with a stunning repackaging!

In 1852, during the height of the California Gold Rush, ten-year-old Wong makes the dangerous trip to America to live with his uncle, exchanging the famine and war of his native country for brutal bullies and grueling labor in America, Wong joins his uncle and countless others in the effort to strike it rich on the great "Golden Mountain." Unfortunately, he, and most of the rest of the dreamers, soon discover that there's no such thing as a Golden Mountain, only dirt, mud, and occasionally tiny flecks of gold dust--flecks that are to be turned over to the owners of the mines, in return for barely livable wages. However, someone as clever and resourceful as Wong will have to find other ingenious ways of making money if they're going to make it in America. But can they overcome the bitter, racist white Americans to find success?

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Children's Literature - Kristi Bernard
Bright Intelligence, better known as Runt, had started a diary so that future generations could know his journey to the Golden Mountain we know as America. Runt's life in Southern China in 1851 was not very pleasant. He lived with his father, mother, brother and his uncle Precious Stone. Runt and his family tended to their rice fields but barely made enough money to pay the taxes and buy food. And on top of all of that, when he went to school he would be beaten by his teacher and bullied by other children. Runt had an opportunity to escape his life in China by leaving with his uncle to search for a better life in America. Upon his arrival to America during the gold rush, Runt must learn a new language, culture and the brutal fact that he was just another foreigner trying to squelch on American gold and territories; at least that is what the other miners would say. Life in America would be harder than he ever imagined, but there was a glimmer of hope for his imagined dreams. Author Yep has put together an interesting day-to-day account of what it was like in China and America in the mid-1800s. Readers will be drawn in by the history of this era. Yep has provided historical notes in the back of the book along with pictures and sketches of Chinese miners during that time. This is an excellent account of American true stories that any middle grade reader or history buff would enjoy. Reviewer: Kristi Bernard
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545530828
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/26/2013
  • Series: My Name Is America Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 933,178
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.66 (w) x 5.42 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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Laurence Yep is the acclaimed author of more than sixty books for young people, including THE JOUNRAL OF WONG MING-CHUNG, A CHINESE MINER; the Newbery Honor Books DRAGONWINGS and DRAGON'S GATE from the Golden Mountain Chronicles; The Tiger's Apprentice trilogy; THE DRAGON AWAKES: THE SAN FRANSCISCO FIRE OF 1906; and THE DRAGON'S CHILD: A STORY OF ANGEL ISLAND, which he cowrote with his niece, Dr. Kathleen S. Yep.

Mr. Yep lives in Pacific Grove, California, with his wife.

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