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Summary: A shooting during the day of October 24, 1871, caused a massacre in the Chinatown section of Los Angeles that night. The Chinese community was aware that trouble was brewing and was close to the boiling point. They remained within Chinatown to protect their families and homes. A lynch mob formed and before the night was over, eighteen Chinese had been killed; stores and homes were ransacked; and the incident shocked the entire nation. Ming, a twelve year old Chinese boy, describes what happened that night. This is a fictional retelling of a historical event.
Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up
Interest Level: 9 and up
Young Reader Reaction: pending
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a fabulous book whose story is difficult to capture and convey in just a few sentences. Parents and teachers will find elements of the story, from California history to immigration to human nature, they can milk for ages to share and discuss with children.
Pros: The book will catch the reader’s attention immediately. Like many great stories it has more than just character and plot to grab the reader.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a “must have, must read” book. It is a gold mine for parents, teachers and mentors.The story provides subject matter for discussing human nature, ethnicity, cultural differences, bigotry, jealousy, etc.
Educational Themes: As the story of the Chinatown massacre unfolds, there are numerous opportunities to engage readers or listeners in meaningful discussions of cultural differences, human nature, bigotry, loyalty, jealousy, mob psychology, extended family and more.
Literary Categories: Fiction - historical fiction, US history, multicultural, cultures and tradition, 1800s