Dragon's Gate

Dragon's Gate

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When he accidentally kills a Manchu, a fifteen-year-old Chinese boy is sent to America to join his father, an uncle, and other Chinese working to build a tunnel for the transcontinental railroad through the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1867


In 1867, Otter travels from Three Willows Village in China to California -- the Land of the Golden Mountain. There he will join his father and uncle.

In spite of the presence of family, Otter is a stranger among the other Chinese in this new land. And where he expected to see a land of goldfields, he sees only vast, cold whiteness. But Otter's dream is to learn all he can, take the technology back to the Middle Kingdom, and free China from the Manchu invaders.

Otter and the others board a machine that will change his life -- a train for which he would open the Dragon's Gate.

& Taylor

Sailing to California in 1865, fourteen-year-old Otter leaves China to meet his father and legendary uncle on the transcontinental railroad, an adventure that challenges his survival on the mountains of the Sierras. Newbery Honor Book. Reprint.

ISBN: 9780064404891
Branch Call Number: J PAPERBACK


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Lexicon_ Mar 19, 2013

Fantastically written for children or adults alike. While a sequel to "Mountain Light" this book stands alone - I remembered it from Grade 5, the characters were so vivid and the historic details were so impressive. This is a GREAT novel that is sadly attached to the rest in the series, likely causing people to pass it by.


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Nov 17, 2015

theboss5000 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 10


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Jun 24, 2016

Coming of age story, including some historic information from character point of view. Depicts information about conflict of how part of America "tamed' the country and broke the people along the way. Read this with my teen for school. Great catalyst for discussion on human rights, social structure, kindness, bullying, what to value in life and choices we make.


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