Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Outrun the Moon Hardcover – May 24, 2016
|New from||Used from|
From timeless classics to new favorites, find children's books for every age and stage. See more
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
From School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Mercy is ambitious: she wants to own her own tea importing business, but the options for a young Chinese American girl in San Francisco in 1906 are severely limited. Mercy uses her cunning and business sense to bribe her way into St. Clare's, an elite school for girls. Not long after her arrival, the teen finds out that she will be learning comportment, not business. Mercy's disappointment compounds with a hostile roommate, skeptical classmates, and her end of the bribe she must uphold to stay enrolled. Everyone seems to be hiding secrets, and the 1906 earthquake is coming. Will Mercy be able to outrun and outwit her fate as a laundryman's daughter? Lee creates characters full of depth and nuance that seem historically accurate but still relatable to today's teens. Mercy is a strong protagonist full of determination and adventure who moves the story and will compel readers. Her drive to succeed; her love of her brother, Jack; and her goodness will endear her to readers. VERDICT A diverse, engaging historical fiction that should not be missed.-Cyndi Hamann, Cook Memorial Public Library District, Libertyville, ILα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
* "Full of beautiful turns of phrase, lessons in Chinese customs and superstitions, and a refreshing protagonist representing intersectional diversity, this is a must-read for followers of historical fiction . . . . powerful, evocative, and thought-provoking."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Lee creates characters full of depth and nuance that seem historically accurate but still relatable to today’s teens. . . . . A diverse, engaging historical fiction that should not be missed.”—School Library Journal
“Mercy’s narrative is flecked with witty puns, pithy wisdom from her fortune-telling mother, aphorisms from her favorite business book, and her obsession with bad-luck number four, all of which provide meaningful insight into both her character and her culture. While slipping in plenty of meaty historical context, particularly about the discrimination facing Chinese immigrants at the time, Lee tells a resoundingly warmhearted story about community arising amidst earth-shattering disaster.”—Booklist
“Mercy is a splendid narrator; her grit and humor makes the steady flow of racism she encounters even more jarring. Historical fiction fans are in for a real treat.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Lee brings an awareness of a (perhaps) lesser known time, place, and immigration issue. Mercy has one adventure after another; dramatic situations that she creates by leaping right into action. Despite her impulsiveness, Mercy is a very believable heroine who is sure to inspire readers to keep following their dreams.”—VOYA
“[A]n original exploration of a time and place not often depicted in historical fiction.”—Publishers Weekly
“Stacey Lee is an incredible voice in historical fiction, but she may have outdone even herself in her recent Outrun the Moon.”—Bustle.com
“Immersive and riveting. Mercy Wong had my heart from page one.”—Sabaa Tahir, New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes
“A fantastic read! Emotional, entertaining, and bewitching as it brings to life San Francisco in 1906.”—Cynthia Kadohata, author of the Newbery Award-winning Kira-Kira and the National Book Award-winning The Thing About Luck
Top customer reviews
I decided to pick this one, obviously because of the Chinatown setting. I will read anything and everything with Asian characters or settings, because I am just fascinated and love learning about the culture and geography so much. I’ve been lucky enough to visit two Chinatowns (Philly and NYC) but San Francisco is most definitely on the top of my list because of its rich cultural heritage and history.
Outrun the Moon takes place in San Fran Chinatown 1906 days before, during, and after the major earthquake and fires that hit the city. The protagonist is Mercy Wong, and she lives in Chinatown with her mother, who is a fortune teller, and her father, who works at a dry cleaners/laundry. 1906 San Francisco is a very racist place, and a Chinese girl going to an all white girls’ school in the rich part of the city is unheard of. But Mercy has higher aspirations, and plots a way to get herself there. The synopsis covers much of the novel, and as most historical books are, this one is about the characters, and the snapshot of life they go through that the author has chosen to write about.
But most of all, I just really love what this book made me feel. It took me a little bit of time to get attached to the characters, but about one-third of the way into the book I was completely invested and adored all the characters, even the ones that were a little hard to love. This book is not for the faint of heart. There is death, destruction, and devastation, but there is also hope, redemption, and recovery. My emotions ran the gamut of the ENTIRE spectrum, and the author completely broke my heart before piecing it back together again. It’s important for me to note just how emotional this book made me–like sobbing-in-the fetal-position emotional.
The writing is also really, really great. Outrun the Moon is incredibly quotable, but also, it’s just really great at setting the scene and creating the atmospheric sense of place a book like this really needs. I’ve never felt more like I was standing right there next to the main character like I did while reading this novel. It’s moderately paced, but it’s perfect for the storytelling and letting you get to know the characters, their motivations, and what makes them who they are. By the time the book closed, the characters felt like old friends. And I didn’t want them to go away and leave me alone.
My most favorite part of Outrun the Moon though were all the strong women, the girl power, and the ladies working together towards a common goal. It made me feel really, REALLY good. I just got this tingly feeling all throughout me because how often is it that girls work together and work through their problems? This is a book that you can hand to your daughter (or son) and feel good about doing so. Man, if I had a kid, as soon as she hit this reading level I would be thrusting this book into her hands. That’s how good it was. I wish I could read it all over again for the first time. And I’m mad that I can’t.
Mercy Wong is fifteen years old, a Chinese-American girl living in San Francisco's Chinatown with her parents and younger brother. Life is hard - her father works long and grueling hours in his laundry, her mother helps out with occasional fortune-telling, and her younger brother suffers from weak lungs - but Mercy is enterprising, ambitious and tenacious... and determined to find a way to get her family out of poverty-ridden Chinatown to a better life in the world beyond. And Mercy has a plan: to make her dream come true, she must first gain entry to the prestigious St. Clare's School for Girl where the elite - and exclusively white - families of San Francisco send their daughters for an education. With no money to pay for it, no family connections, and the racial and class prejudices of the time all set against her, her chances are seemingly nil. But Mercy has a plan for that too. And she also has her high cheekbones that her fortune-telling mom says are "bossy cheeks", a sign of inner assertiveness and will. And she has Mrs. Lowry's The Book for Business-Minded Women as her constant source of both inspiration and guidance.
One of the things that really adds to Outrun the Moon as a good read is Ms. Lee's extensive research that really brings the period and the place of 1906 San Francisco to life, the vivid details immersing the reader in the look and feel of Mercy's San Francisco. And of what it was like to have been there when the Great Earthquake hit and to deal with the devastation and chaos that followed in its wake.
But the other thing that I much appreciated in Outrun the Moon was the complexity of the characters and of their relationships to each other, and the complexity of the social structures and attitudes that existed at that time and place. All of which make the characters believable and engaging, each having their individual merits and flaws, their strengths and their frailties, and the little quirks and characteristics that make us come to care about them. Her best friend - Tom - is Chinese-American like her, and like her, he wants to forge a new path for himself that means experimenting with the budding field of aviation instead of following in his father's footsteps and becoming a traditional Chinese herbalist. Just as Mercy wants a different path for her younger brother, Jack, so that he won't have to do the backbreaking work of a laundryman like their father. Needless to say these dreams cause considerable tension in both families where tradition and paternal authority are powerful forces. A lot of what makes the story work are the surprises and discoveries Mercy makes along the way. An enemy turns into an unexpected ally. Hidden talents are discovered. And if sometimes certain people seem disagreeable and hard to get along with, sometimes, she learns, there are reasons they are the way they are, causing her to see them in a different light. Part of growing up, Mercy learns, is to challenge assumptions, not only those of others about her but also of her own about them as well.
Another plus, in my opinion, is that Ms. Lee does not treat her characters with kid gloves, Mercy in particular. In the course of the novel, Mercy has to deal with the all-too-real problems young people must sometimes face, like having to deal with setbacks, at school and in her personal life as she works towards her dreams. And sometimes, even having to experience tragedy and even death. In the actual earthquake and the subsequent fires that broke out, 80% of San Francisco was destroyed. Thousands of people died and hundreds of thousands were left homeless. It is not a spoiler to say that some of the characters in Outrun the Moon do not make it either. It is a testament to Ms. Lee's writing skill that you come to care about these characters so much that when death strikes, either directly or indirectly, you feel it as intensely as the characters' themselves do.
Highly, highly recommended to anyone interested in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, in what life was like for Chinese-Americans back then, or in reading a truly engaging can't-put-it-down story of a young girl going up against incredible odds and persevering in spite of everything.
Most recent customer reviews
Mercy Wong is determined to get her family out of the poverty of Chinatown.Read more