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Dear Canada: An Ocean Apart

The Gold Mountain Diary of Chin Mei-Ling, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1922

by (author) Gillian Chan

Publisher
Independent Publishers Group, Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2012
Category
General
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780779113538
    Publish Date
    Feb 2004
    List Price
    $14.99
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781443119849
    Publish Date
    Sep 2012
    List Price
    $14.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7

Description

With over 400,000 books already in print, the Dear Canada series has fast become the book series for children.

Each fictional diary invites readers into the world of a girl living through a particular period in Canada's past. Gillian Chan's latest addition illustrates the effect the Chinese Head Tax has on one young girl and her family. Mei-ling and her father are struggling to pay the head tax that will allow her mother and brother, who are still living in China, to come to Canada. They must have that money before the impending Exclusion Act bars any more Chinese from immigrating. What will happen if they can't come up with enough in time to reunite their family?

About the author

 

Après avoir enseigné l'anglais pendant 10 ans, Gillian Chan a réalisé son rêve : celui d'écrire des livres. Elle a d'abord écrit des recueils d'histoires, avant de se lancer dans la rédaction de romans, lui permettant ainsi de combiner son amour de l'histoire avec l'écriture. Pour écrire Un océan nous sépare, l'auteure s'est rendue plusieurs fois à Vancouver pour s'imprégner de l'atmosphère et pour mieux raconter le cheminement de sa jeune héroïne. Gillian Chan a obtenu plusieurs récompenses pour ce livre.

 

After being an English teacher for ten years, Gillian Chan realized her dream of becoming a writer in 1994. Her first book, Golden Girl and Other Stories, was shortlisted for the Mr. Christie's Book Award. A companion collection, Glory Days and Other Stories, was also a Christie nominee, and made the shortlist for the 1996 Governor General's Literary Award. When she turned to writing novels, Gillian was able to combine her writing with her love of history, writing such books as The Carved Box and A Foreign Field.
During her preparations for An Ocean Apart, Gillian travelled to Vancouver several times, walking the streets that would have been familiar to Mei. Her husband read and translated Chinese newspapers for her from the period in which the story was set. She has just finished writing a new title about the War of 1812 for Dear Canada's "little brother," the I Am Canada series.

 

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Dear Canada: An Ocean Apart:

"Scholastic has assembled some of Canada's most talented writers to pen an outstanding history series called 'Dear Canada.' Through careful research, gifted storytelling, credible and likable characters, the... books in this series bring the past to life through the stories of ordinary young people who lived through the extraordinary early days of our country." -Today's Parent, Five Star Review

"Written by well-respected children's authors to introduce children to important aspects of the social history of Canada." -City Parent Magazine

"What fine fiction these books are." -Books in Canada

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