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The Lichee Tree

Russell, Ching Yeung

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ISBN 10: 1563976293 / ISBN 13: 9781563976292
Published by Boyds Mills Press, Honesdale, Pennsylvania, 1997
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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182 pages. Stated first edition. Blue hardcover with gilt titling on spine. Tight binding, spine square, no wear to covers. Faint tapemarks to boards, typical library inkstamps and pocket, text pages spotless. Dust jacket is unclipped, appears as new; small paper peel to reverse. In library mylar, loose and easily removed. Historical fiction based on the author's family experiences, set in southeastern China (Canton/Kwangtong/Guangdong) in the 1940s. Told from the viewpoint of a young girl, 10-year-old Ying, who cannot wait for her lichee tree to bear fruit which she can sell to help her family. Bookseller Inventory # C702580

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Title: The Lichee Tree

Publisher: Boyds Mills Press, Honesdale, Pennsylvania

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Christopher Zhong-Yuan Zhang (Chang)

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition

Book Type: Ex-Library

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Boyds Mills Press publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction

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Grade 4-7. Ying, the heroine of First Apple (1994) and Water Ghost (1995, both Boyds Mills) now contends with problems that even her formidable energy and resourcefulness cannot overcome. She lives with her grandmother, Ah Pau, in a rural village in Southern China. Although the adults try to protect Ying, she learns that a sinister man nicknamed Ghost Walk wants her lovely cousin Ah So as his second concubine. Only after Ah So disappears and Ying finds a bloody shirt stashed behind the door does her grandmother tell her that her cousin ran away to Canton with her true love, after he was severely beaten by Ghost Walk's henchmen. Ghost Walk extorts money and property from Ying's family in revenge. Her uncle's store is forfeited, as is their house, with Ying's beloved lichee tree. Life in this isolated village is vividly depicted through specific details about friends, school, food, work, and play. While the notion that a single strongman can terrorize a village might seem extraordinary, Ying's need for knowledge, safety, and security are poignantly familiar. Ying's maturing love for Ah Pau, whose strength and practical wisdom holds the family together, forms a more realistic narrative trajectory than the plot, which comes to a rather implausible?yet satisfying?conclusion. More complex than Russell's earlier books, this new title is valuable for its engaging heroine and its unique setting.?Margaret A. Chang, North Adams State College, MA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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