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White Jade Tiger Paperback – April 16, 1993

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 07
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn (April 16, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550026534
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550026535
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,616,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


White Jade Tiger opens up a window onto another world, and allows recognition of the riches inherent in another culture.

(Kathleen Bailey)

This is a complex and ambitious first novel. Lawson skilfully interweaves the narratives of present and past, exploring the concerns of each on many levels. The examination of racism and greed in B.C.'s early days is well integrated into the narrative.

(Joanne Findon)

Young-adult readers will enjoy meeting Jasmine and Keung and sharing their adventures as they search for the white jade tiger. Recommended.

(Darlene R. Golke)

"Lawson's considerable ability to bring her characters to life, and the adept use of dialogue and description, make this a highly recommended book."

(Joyce L. White)

Julie Lawson has written a story so well grounded in real-life Victoria, B.C., now and in 1881, that the fantasy of time travel between our time and the past seems natural and necessary. White Jade Tiger is successful, both at telling a gripping story and finishing it in a satisfying, believable way.

(Paula Johanson)

Lawson's book is especially recommended for strong readers with an interest in history.

(Carolyn Helman)

Lawson successfully combines a very real sense of period, a vivd portrait of the lives of the Chinese workers who built the railway, and an exciting adventure.

(Andrea Deakin)

Winner of the 1993 Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize, long-listed for the 1995 Silver Birch Award

Jasmine is not sure she likes the idea of being stuck in Victoria while her father goes to China for a year. But on a field trip to Chinatown, she explores a curious shop in Fan Tan Alley and accidentally passes through a hidden door. She finds herself in Victoria's Chinatown of the late 1880's. Mistaken for a Chinese boy, she is soon caught up in a race through the Fraser Canyon to find a tiger amulet.

About the Author

Julie Lawson has written more than 20 young adult titles. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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By A Customer on December 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is the best book ever. I recommend it for everybody who like mysteries, adventures, and to read this book you have to be a really smart reader. (So says a ten yr. old who read it as a novel study.)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
my teacher made me read this one, what i found was that the book was amazing! I loved the time travel, a heroine who know how to defend herself, who is independent, she is normal and I could really relate to her. The plot is wonderful, though I had to read it twice to really get it througholy. 4 years after I read it, I read it again! I fell in love with it!
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