Grades 3 - 7
Grade level Equivalent: 5.8
Lexile Measure®: 650L
Guided Reading: U
- Diaries and Journals
- Historical Fiction
- Westward Exploration and Expansion
- Immigration and Assimilation Experiences
- Chinese and Chinese American
- Prejudice and Tolerance Experiences
About This Book
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?