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Dream Soul Hardcover – August 22, 2000

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 22, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060283890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060283896
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,963,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-8-As the eldest child of stern Chinese immigrant parents, 15-year-old Joanie Lee is held strictly accountable for her high-spirited younger siblings. Expected to master her American school lessons and assist in the family's laborious post-World War I laundry, Joanie finds that her life brightens when their landlady wrings a promise to celebrate Christmas from the reluctant Mr. Lee, who adds the provision that the children must be perfect during the remaining weeks, a seemingly impossible task. Recent arrivals, the aristocratic Victoria Barrington and her charming father, provide some fun and friendship. Problems arise, however, when long workdays and the cold West Virginia winter make the scholarly Mr. Lee seriously ill. Facing the crisis with what she once passively rejected, Joanie fuses the wisdom of Chinese folklore with her own American grit to find her way. Details of landscape, climate, and period are quite evocative. Major characters are fully developed. Even the minor figures are interesting. Joanie's evolution in understanding the strength, love, and culture with which her parents have always graced her is warming. Although the cultural contrasts between East and West are reminiscent of Linda Crew's Children of the River (Laurel Leaf, 1991), Yep's lovingly crafted offering is for younger readers and has its own wonderful perspective.
Cindy Darling Codell, Clark Middle School, Winchester, KY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Gr. 5-8. In this sequel to Star Fisher (1991), Yep continues the story of the Chinese American Lee family in Clarksburg, West Virginia. In December 1927, Joan, Emily, and Bobby ache to celebrate Christmas with their landlord neighbor Miss Lucy, and their parents reluctantly concede. However, when they disobey and embarrass their father, he cancels their celebration. Joan admires her friend Victoria's doting dad, and is upset with her father's strict Chinese ways, until he becomes seriously ill. Recalling one of his stories, Joan sets out to bring her father's "dream soul" back to his body. The Lees' first Christmas celebration, though secular, radiates the warmth and spirit of the season in a jubilant conclusion. As Joan grows to understand and appreciate her father's old-world expressions of love, her observations and insights sound remarkably mature. Her constant awareness of being different and yearning to be "American," on the other hand, ring painfully true, and will leave readers awaiting a third installment. Linda Perkins
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More About the Author

Laurence Yep has been fascinated with tales of sibling rivalry from the day he was born. His older brother, Tom, chose his name Laurence - after a saint who died a particularly gruesome death. Laurence has been trying to get even ever since. Laurence Yep now lives in Pacific Grove, California, with his wife and is one of children's literature's most respected authors. His award-winning titles include Newbery Honor Books Dragonwings and Dragon's Gate.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joannie Lynn McGowan on June 6, 2001
Format: Library Binding
The main character in this book, Joan, is a young Chinese-American girl trying to fit in with the rest of the children her age. She has chores and responsibilities that her American friends do not have. She also does not have as much money as some of the snobby girls she goes to school with. Her and her little brother and sister want to have Christmas more than anything. Their nosey neighbor Miss Lucy (a retired teacher) asks the children to have Christmas with her. Their father tells them they can only have Christmas (since it's not a Chinese holiday) if they behave perfectly up until Christmas. This story is a wonderful example of why children should appreciate their parents. Although Joan's father is not like American father's, he does love her and he shows that love by working hard to provide for the family. This book has many exciting parts as the children are trying to not get in trouble. I liked the book so much I couldn't put it down. The book provides a real insight to what it is like to live within a minority culture. It is also just a wonderful and entertaining story for anyone looking for a good book! :)
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