While exploring the coastal sand dunes near Goolwa, Patrick McWaid and his siblings encounter a ship breaking up on the rocks. They soon learn it's a boatload of Chinese immigrants headed for the goldfields. In a dangerous rescue, Patrick meets a boy named Jasper who seems to be hiding something. Nevertheless, Patrick vows to help the boy in any way he can.
But the nasty Mr. Li, leader of the immigrant expedition, has a much different plan for Jasper. And negative attitudes in the community make it difficult for the McWaids to assist the Chinese miners. The villagers' unfounded fears of "yellow fever" create panic and threaten the safety of both the immigrants and the McWaids' paddle steamer, the Lady Elisabeth. Stricken by illness himself, can Patrick beat the clock to stop the unthinkable from happening?
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Robert Elmer is a graduate of St. Mary's College and Simpson College in San Francisco. In addition to his two series for middle-grade readers, ADVENTURES DOWN UNDER, and THE YOUNG UNDERGROUND, he has written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines. Currently a writer for an advertising agency, Robert and his wife, Ronda, have three children and make their home in Washington State.
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Book Description Bethany House Publishers, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110764221051
Book Description Bethany House Publishers. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0764221051 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0325763