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The Third Act

by John Wilson, screenplay by Xiaoming Yao

tagged: college & university, asia
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published: Sep 2018
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publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Description

The Third Act deals with the intercultural struggles faced by Chinese students studying in North America in the present day and by an American playwright, Neil Peterson, caught up in the Nanjing Massacre of 1937. The contemporary story focuses on three Chinese friends (Tone, Pike and Theresa) who grapple in their own ways with the pressure to succeed in an unfamiliar culture. The historical tale concerns Peterson's effort to find his literary voice and save the woman he loves amidst the chaos and horror of the fall of Nanjing in the Second Sino-Japanese War. The two stories are tied together by a play that Peterson attempted to write after his return to America. The students in the present day get caught up in putting on a performance of the missing third act of Peterson's play, and in doing so they are forced to confront their cultural and personal pasts and futures.

About the Authors

John Wilson is the author of numerous books of historical fiction for children and young adults. Wilson’s Fields of Conflict series (which includes The Flags of War, Flames of the Tiger, and And in the Morning) explores the impact of war on ordinary people and makes history come alive for his young audiences. He lives in Lantzville, BC. For more information, visit johnwilsonauthor.com.

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John Wilson is the author of numerous books of historical fiction for children and young adults. Wilson’s Fields of Conflict series (which includes The Flags of War, Flames of the Tiger, and And in the Morning) explores the impact of war on ordinary people and makes history come alive for his young audiences. He lives in Lantzville, BC. For more information, visit johnwilsonauthor.com.

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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
12 to 100
Grade:
8 to 12
Editorial Reviews

&quotAbsorbing plot.&quot

— Kirkus Reviews

"I recommend The Third Act to students who enjoy both historical fiction and mystery novels. The novel has a strong, well-developed female character in Theresa…Highly Recommended. "

— CM Magazine

&quotThe plot moves briskly and suspensefully to a melodramatic climax. Readers interested in Chinese history and theater will find this novel engaging.&quot

— School Library Journal

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