The Dragon's Child


Gim Lew Yep is 10 years old and lives in China. It is 1922 and his father has returned from America to prepare Gim Lew for life in the new world. This is not going to be easy. Gim Lew is left handed and stutters when excited or afraid. If Gim Lew cannot pass the rigorous tests given to all immigrants, he will be sent back to China. Gim Lew’s father and friends tutored him Lew on the passage from China to California. The future of Gim Lew’s family, in China and America, hangs in the balance.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Even though this story is set 1922, it has relevance today as it recounts the effort, danger, courage, and heartbreak that immigrants experience as they try to provide a better life for themselves and their children.
Student reviewer: It is about real life, which is pretty cool to me.

Content Awareness Factors:

Student reviewer: If you don't pay much attention to the book, you could get lost.

Young Reader Reaction

I picked this book. It caught my eye and it looked very intriguing. I starte enjoying the book from chapter one. I got hooked on the book and wanted to keep reading it. It was fun to learn about Gim Lew's struggling life and how hard it was to live in China.

Parent Reaction

This is a well-done story. Although this book focuses on Chinese immigration to America, it recounts how hard, painful, and complex the immigration process is and how vulnerable to the whims of bureaucracy are those seeking a new life in a new country.

Type of Book:
This is a middle-grade chapter book about a young boy's emigration from China to America.
Educational Themes:

This story focuses on the immigration of Chinese citizens to California in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The purpose for immigration, then and now, is to earn money to send back home for the family. This story provides insight of the process from an immigrant’s point of view.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 12
Age of child:
Reviewed by a student at North Junior High School, St. Cloud, MN, as part of the Use Your ABCs program.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! This is a powerful story with solid characters and a strong plot. The immigration and cross-generational themes, as well as the historical context, create a wonderful mosaic.
Student reviewer: Borrow. It is a good book, but I wouldn't buy it becau

Title The Dragon's Child
Author Dr. Kathleen S. Yep, Laurence Yep
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers © 2008
ISBN 9780060276928
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.99
Genres Family, Cultures & Tradition, Historical Fiction, 1920s & 1930s, Asia | Asian People
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