Joseph and his Vietnamese American friend Huy investigate the disappearance of a moon rock loaned by NASA to their high school in Galveston Bay.
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Grade 4-7-- The moon rocks on loan for a school exhibit have been stolen, a crime serious enough to have a federal investigator assigned, but 14-year-old Joseph and his Vietnamese-born classmate Huy Ta decide to conduct an investigation of their own. The rocks were taken by Pete, a drop-out ne'er-do-well, to sell to an unscrupulous collector; when the boys discover this, Pete comes after them with murderous intentions. A violent struggle aboard the Ta family shrimp boat ends with Pete subdued, the rocks recovered, Huy and Joseph heroes. As does Wartski's Long Way from Home (Westminster, 1980), this calls attention to the sharp prejudice Vietnamese immigrants have encountered in some areas of the U.S., although this book does not really explore the reasons for it. Stiff, amateurish, cross-hatched illustrations appear throughout. The plot is glued together with major coincidences, but setting and crime may be unusual enough to pique readers' interests. --John Peters, New York Public Library
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Book Description Austin: Eakin Press, 1988. 1st ed. Hardcover. 105 pages., 1988. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Kids catch thief who stole moon rock from display at their school. Top edge foxed. Fine/Near Fine. Clean, tight, unmarked. Dj spine sunned. Never sold from old stock. Dj in protective mylar sleeve. Bookseller Inventory # B4161