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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554980941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554980949
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,203,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


• A Stonewall Honor Book, 2012

• "Yee’s sophisticated juxtaposition of immigrant narratives with questions of sexual identity is compelling and poignant." — School Library Journal

• "Yee’s latest offers insight into the city’s immigrant-Chinese and gay communities…sure to invite both thought and discussion." — Booklist

• "Paul Yee's novel is a valuable intervention into the representation of gay and lesbian experience in the young adult genre." — CM Magazine

About the Author

Paul Yee was born in Spalding, Saskatchewan, and grew up in Vancouver's Chinatown. A former archivist, he now writes full time. His books have won many awards and honors, including the Governor General's Award (Ghost Train), the Ruth Schwartz Award (Ghost Train and Roses Sing on New Snow), and the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award (Tales from Gold Mountain). He has won the Vancouver Book Award and been shortlisted for the BC Book Prize, and his books have been named to several lists, including NYPL Books for the Teen Age (Dead Man's Gold), ALA Notables and Booklist's Top Ten Historical Fiction. Most recently, Paul's young adult novel Money Boy was named a Stonewall Honor Book and he won the Vicky Metcalf Award for a body of work. Paul lives in Toronto. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Luchino on July 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is about an 18 year old who is thrown out of his house when his father realizes that he (the teen) has been going to gay web sites on his home computer. This is a realistic problem. There are so many teen runaways in urban areas and a lot of them are gay or lesbian teens. In the instance of this book, the adolescent is Chinese, from an immigrant family, residing in Toronto. The descriptions of Toronto neighborhoods seem realistic. What I liked best about this book is that it was not saccharine at all. There were elements of realism that were, to me, very satisfying. You didn't have the feeling that Disney was going to option this book and make it even more sunny (it is not sunny in the least). It reminded me of John Donovan YA fiction of the 1960's and '70's. One aspect of the boy's personality....which may or may not be a plus, depending on how you see it, is that he is involved in the world of on-line fantasy combat games.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KLH on February 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed reading "Money Boy". I happened to stumble upon it at my local library here in Texas. As a Canadian living in Texas I thought it would be nice to read a story that takes place back in Canada. When I saw the character ends up on the streets I knew this would be a book I would enjoy. I'm a sucker for novels involving the homeless as I'm a former shelter worker. The story did not disappoint! It unfolds quickly and doesn't lose it's pace. It was nice to see the perspective of a Chinese youth who moves to Canada, his struggle to be himself, to live up to the demands of his Father, to belong in a new Country. I loved the whole story. When I read the very last page of the book I literally burst into tears. So good!
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Ray Liu is a Chinese immigrant living in Canada. He doesn't quite fit in with everyone at school. He's a bit old for his grade level because being in the English language program held him back a year or two and his grades could be better. Also, he has a secret and he's unsure of how and when to reveal it. Still, he lives a decent life, but that comfort comes to a screeching halt when his strict father looks through his internet files.

His father finds out that Ray was visiting websites pertaining to homosexuality. Unwilling to live with a gay son, he throws Ray out, gathering his things and locking the door after him. Whether he's on the Toronto streets or inside a homeless shelter or hostel, Ray suffers numerous hardships. He's mugged, mistreated, and disrespected. He's also running out of money, which leads him to thinking that he should become a male prostitute. Within a few days of being homeless, he's been through a lot, so he believes he can sell his body for sex.

The author tackled some tough subjects in this novel. I can't say I've read anything with this combination of conflicts before. The beginning was confusing because too many characters were introduced with descriptions of them postponed to later parts of the book, but other than that the novel is quite riveting. The author doesn't cushion anything. Rest assured, Ray's tough times lead to something positive.
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