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The Bone Collector's Son Hardcover – January 1, 2004

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Gr. 6-9. From the first scene, set in a graveyard, Yee's latest novel is a gripping story of a boy caught between physical and spiritual worlds. Bing is angry with his father, a compulsive gambler who has one of the worst jobs in Vancouver's Chinatown: he collects the bones of Chinese immigrants' relatives and ships them back to relatives in China. Bing loathes the frightening, ostracizing work, so he is delighted when he finds a job as a houseboy in a wealthy home. Unfortunately, his employer's house has ghosts of its own, and Bing, with help from friends in Chinatown, must summon his pride and courage to pacify the antagonistic spirits, living and dead, in his community. A few lengthy ghost stories, unrelated to the plot, seem purposefully inserted. Still, the chilly details enhance the central story's suspense, and as in Dead Man's Gold and Other Stories (2002), Yee skillfully contrasts a strong sense of the supernatural with brutal, all-too-real racial prejudice and the haunted, unsettled yearning of immigrants longing for roots. Gillian Engberg
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About the Author

Paul Yee lives in Toronto, Canada. Much of the material in The Bone Collector’s Son is based on the research and volunteer work he did in Vancouver’s Chinatown and while working for the City of Vancouver Archives. His picture books and novels have won numerous awards, including Canada’s Governor General’s Award for Ghost Train.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5th - 8th
  • Hardcover: 137 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Children's Publishing; 1st edition (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761452427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761452423
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,748,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have just read the story and I loved it. It inspires me to look at adversities in life with tenacity and to move on no matter how hard the going may be.
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I loved this book. I read it with my 13 year old nephew over a weekend while he visited. Both of us were rivetted. The realistic view of a time and subculture I know little about, the rich story-telling and parallel ghost stories, the coming of age of this young boy, and the shifting relationship with his father, all made for excellent reading. I am eager to read more by this writer.
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Good for children to now about this historical time..not a pretty picture. The end of the story is a bit fantastic, but....
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While it is a fast young adult read, The Bone Collector's Son didn't quite come together for me. There is a lot in play: father-son distance, cultural traditions, courage, the power of belief, a mystery to be solved, obstacles overcome. The several Chinese ghost stories were quite charming. But when the various bits come together, they don't work together. The disjointed parts don't flow together: they distract from each other. So while the book has virtues, it just isn't that good a read.
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