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Tales from Gold Mountain /hc

by (author) Paul Yee

illustrated by Simon Ng

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 1989
General, Emigration & Immigration, Post-Confederation (1867-)
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 1989
    List Price

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Out of print

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
  • Reading age: 0


This is a landmark collection of eight stories from the celebrated children's author Paul Yee. Describing the extraordinary circumstances of the Chinese who came to build the railroad in Canada and the United States in simple, beautiful prose, Yee's stunning text accurately portrays the culture clash between the Old and New World. Matched with Ng's exquisite paintings, this collection is nothing less than required reading on the history of our continent.

About the authors

Paul Yee is one of Canada's finest writers for children. He was raised in Vancouver and has worked in the archives at the Vancouver Museum. He won the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature for Ghost Train. He now lives in Toronto.
Ghost Trainbr>    Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award 1996br>    Winner of the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award 1997br>    Finalist for the Toronto IODE Book Award 1997
The Bone Collector's Sonbr>    Winner of the City of Vancouver Book Award 2004br>    Finalist for the Rocky Mountain Book Award 2006br>    Finalist for the Stellar Book Award (BC Teen Readers' Choice Award) 2005-6br>    Chosen as Best of 2004, Resource
Bamboobr>    Finalist for the Chocolate Lily Award 2007 (BC Readers' Choice Award)br>    Chosen as Best of 2006, Resource Links
The Jade Necklacebr>    Finalist for the Mr. Christie's Book Award 2002

Paul Yee's profile page

Simon Ng was born in Brunei and immigrated to Toronto as a teenager. His illustrations have appeared in many North American newspapers and magazines, including the Boston Globe and the New York Times Magazine. His books include Out of the Everywhere: Tales for a New World by Jan Andrews and Tales from Gold Mountain by Paul Yee, which has been named a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book and the Parent's Choice Honor Book as well as winning the Violet Downey Book Award and the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Book Prize. Simon Ng lives in Toronto.

Simon Ng's profile page


  • Winner, IODE Violet Downey Book Award
  • Winner, IODE National Chapter Award
  • Winner, Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize

Editorial Reviews

Handsome format; compelling reading.

Kirkus Reviews

With its excellent writing and deeply symbolic illustrations, this book is highly recommended.


...Ng's cool, brooding full-page paintings have an intense presence that enhances the stories' exotic flavor...A book not to miss.


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