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Red Means Good Fortune: A Story of San Francisco's Chinatown (Once Upon America) Library Binding – January, 1996

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Library Binding, January, 1996
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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5-Jin Mun, 12, lives in San Francisco's Chinatown in 1869. His older brother is helping build the Central Pacific Railroad in Nevada, and his mother and sisters are still in China. The boy works in his father's laundry, studies English in a missionary school, and learns to write Chinese characters well enough to write letters home for his father and for other men in the community. Soon he is on a mission of his own, to help a young girl who was kidnapped in China and sold into slavery in San Francisco. Well-researched and clearly written, Red Means Good Fortune offers readers a glimpse into a fascinating chapter of American history. The turn of events, if somewhat improbable, is by no means impossible. Goldin offers insight into her background investigation in a brief afterword.
Carla Kozak, San Francisco Public Library
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From Booklist

Gr. 2-5. Written for the Once Upon America series of historical fiction, this book reflects research into the lives of Chinese Americans in the nineteenth century. Jin Mun helps his father at their laundry in San Francisco while his older brother works on the transcontinental railroad and the rest of the family remains in China. Delivering laundered clothes to a nearby house, Jin Mun meets and befriends a Chinese slave girl and resolves to help her. Readers will learn about San Francisco in the 1860s and the physical, financial, and social hardships of Chinese immigrants. The characters and story are involving, but the book's too short and the ending will leave readers wondering what happened next. To be illustrated. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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