The Puzzle of the Paper Daughter: A Julie Mystery (American Girl Mysteries Series) by Kathryn Reiss, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
The Puzzle of the Paper Daughter: A Julie Mystery (American Girl Mysteries Series)

The Puzzle of the Paper Daughter: A Julie Mystery (American Girl Mysteries Series)

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by Kathryn Reiss, Jean-Paul Tibbles
     
 

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Julie discovers a mysterious note written in Chinese. She brings it to her friend Ivy to translate, and learns that the note once belonged to Ivy's grandmother, from long ago when she was a girl immigrating from China to San Francisco. The note promises great treasure, but it doesn't quite make sense--it's almost as if the writer was sending a secret message in

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Julie discovers a mysterious note written in Chinese. She brings it to her friend Ivy to translate, and learns that the note once belonged to Ivy's grandmother, from long ago when she was a girl immigrating from China to San Francisco. The note promises great treasure, but it doesn't quite make sense--it's almost as if the writer was sending a secret message in code. Soon after the discovery of the note, Julie's and Ivy's beloved dolls are stolen. Who would do such a thing, and why? Seeking clues, Julie and Ivy search all over Chinatown and even visit the immigration station on Angel Island. Gradually, Julie realizes that in order to find the doll thief, she must figure out the real message hidden in the Chinese note.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
As Julie and her sister Tracy help their mom sort clothes for their thrift store, Julie discovers a note in the lining of a jacket. The note appears to be old and is written in another language, perhaps Chinese. Julie decides to ask her friend Ivy, who is of Chinese descent and still has grandparents who live in the area called Chinatown, for help figuring it out. When Julie shows the note to her friend, who in turn shows it to her teacher, many ears are listening. Through the mystery of the note, the girls learn about Chinese immigrants who came to America in the early 1900s. They learn about children who were forced to travel alone and about children who were adopted by Americans who had to pretend to be their parents. Then Ivy's grandmother tells the girls about her own arrival in the United States. The story includes her meeting another young girl named Mei Meng, who was coming to America to live with a new family, but had to pretend to officials that she already belonged to this family in order for her to be released from Angel Island, where immigrants were held. The people who entered the United States in this way came to be known as paper children, because they really weren't children of the families they were going to—except on paper. Author Weiss has interwoven an intriguing story with a historical lesson to encourage young readers to continue to explore the information she has presented here. Her characters are believable and true to their age. Upper elementary collections should include this story, as well as the other volumes in the "Julie" mystery series. This book lends itself very well to the social studies curriculum at the elementary level. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—While helping her mother in her secondhand shop, Julie finds a mysterious note written in Chinese. That night, she and her friend Ivy discover that their beloved dolls are missing. While searching through San Francisco's Chinatown for them, the girls discover a connection between the note and their missing dolls. Now Julie is focused on solving this mystery rather than preparing her bedroom for an unwanted visitor. Though set in 1974, the story relies heavily on Chinese immigration to Angel Island in the early 20th century and the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which is why there is a focus on "paper daughters" (children that legal immigrants claimed as their own in order to help them enter the country). The "Looking Back" section at the end of the book offers more information on Angel Island and what Chinese immigrants were forced to endure during this time, while the story itself also touches on family issues.—Elizabeth Swistock, Jefferson Madison Regional Library, Charlottesville, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593696580
Publisher:
American Girl Publishing, Inc
Publication date:
03/28/2010
Series:
American Girl Mysteries Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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