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It is 1889, and growing up as the only child on a small island off the coast of Washington State has taught Clementine Nesbitt to be self-assured and capable, especially in her boat, the Fisherbird. But her confidence is shaken one foggy day as she finds herself rescuing a Chinese man who has been thrown overboard from a ship. The nearly drowned man, Tong Ling, was trying to find a new life in America, but instead finds himself at the mercy of heartless smugglers. Clementine and her friend Jed Parsons are sure that they can save Tong Ling by sneaking him to a nearby town where he can escape to Alaska. But will Sarah Hersey, the orphaned girl living with Clem's family, reveal their plan and put them all in danger? And does that danger come from within Clementine's own beloved family? This intriguing novel, punctuated by Clementine's heartfelt poems at the outset of each chapter, explores not only the beautiful San Juan Islands and their fascinating history, but also the complexities of good and evil in every human heart.
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Nora Martin has written three young adult novels: A Perfect Snow (a Junior Library Guild selection), The Stone Dancers, and The Eagle's Shadow, which was listed as a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year and noted as an ALA Best Trade Book for Social Studies. She is a school librarian in rural Montana.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-7-It's 1889 in the San Juan Islands, and the prejudice against Chinese immigrants becomes immediately obvious when several men are rudely turned away from the funeral of Clem's beloved Uncle Doran's business partner whom they admired. When the deceased man's daughter comes to live with the 13-year-old's family, Clem's peaceful life is disturbed. Jealous of pretty, petite Sarah, 15, she seeks refuge in her boat, Fisherbird. She rescues Tong-Ling, an illegal immigrant thrown overboard when the Border Patrol surprises a smuggler, who later turns out to be Clem's uncle. She and her friend Jed devise a dangerous plan to get the man to the mainland. The girl's innate sense of the right thing to do by Tong-Ling is balanced by her resentment of Sarah who, now engaged to Clem's uncle, gets swept into the adventure. Throughout, Clem's lists, both practical and philosophical, and made on hoarded pieces of paper, turn out to be almost poetic counterpoints to the action. Readers will enjoy the gradual uncovering of Doran's true nature as he ruthlessly pursues the Fisherbird and its passengers. Martin ably juggles several themes, providing readers with a heroine in the tradition of Avi's Charlotte Doyle. An author's note provides background on the plight of the Chinese in 19th-century America. A fast-paced, high-stakes historical mystery.
Carol A. Edwards, Sonoma County Library, Santa Rosa, CA
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