The Case of the Firecrackers (Chinatown Mystery)

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An ex-movie star turned publicist, Auntie Tiger Lil can't seem to stay away from the big screen'or from danger! When she takes her niece Lily to the set of TV's hottest show, tempers flare and fuses ignite as a loaded gun finds its way into the scene. Somebody is trying to cause trouble, and everyone is suspect. Auntie Tiger Lil and a new cast of characters are once again in the enter of action as they travel from Chinatown to the dangerous Tenderloin District of San Francisco in search of clues. They follow a trail of firecrackers, gangs, bad food, and gambling to dead ends. How will they ever find the real culprit?

01-02 Young Hoosier Book Award Masterlist (Gr 4-6)

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Laurence Yep is the acclaimed author of more than sixty books for young people and a winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. His illustrious list of novels includes the Newbery Honor Books Dragonwings and Dragon's Gate; The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, a Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee; and The Dragon's Child: A Story of Angel Island, which he cowrote with his niece, Dr. Kathleen S. Yep, and was named a New York Public Library's "One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing" and a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book.

Mr. Yep grew up in San Francisco, where he was born. He attended Marquette University, graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and received his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He lives in Pacific Grove, California, with his wife, the writer Joanne Ryder.

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Grade 5-8-Once again, Lily and her aunt are on the trail of a mystery in their native San Francisco. Auntie, also known as Tiger Lil (a role she played in several movies) takes Lily, her brother Chris, and his girlfriend to the set of the television show "East Meets West" to meet the teen-heartthrob Clark Tom. Once there, the group is cast as extras in a scene. Unknown to the actors on the set, someone has put real bullets in the gun that is fired at Clark during the filming. Suspicion is cast on the actor using the weapon and Auntie promises the young man's grandfather that she will try to prove his innocence. During their investigation, the characters travel about town and learn a bit about their Chinese heritage, information and details that will also hold readers' interest. Both fans of the series and those new to it will enjoy this well-written mystery.
Cathy Coffman, Sunrise Mountain Library, Peoria, AZ
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