In this prequel to the popular Shu-Li chapter books Shu-Li and Tamara and Shu-Li and Diego, celebrated author Paul Yee brings young readers further adventures of Shu-Li, just as she moves into her new home on Commercial Drive in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has trouble adjusting to her new neighborhood but finds surprising help from a "magic" pear tree in the back garden.
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 Links.ca
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
Shaoli Wang was born in China. She trained as an art teacher and graduated from the Department of Fines Arts of Qingdao Normal College, specializing in children’s book illustration, gouache and oil painting. She now lives in BC.
“A lovely read in the Shu-Li series that provides diversity and celebrations of heritage for young readers. Wang’s inked illustrations are engaging and lovable, flowing beautifully with the story with restrained candor.”
"Yee's grasp of childhood delights and the diversity of characters and cultures are a winning combination…Readers will also appreciate that the story is grounded in reality—the children begin to rely on their own resourceful problem-solving—as it deftly weaves in myth, fairy tales, and oral folklore. Wang's inked illustrations are engaging and lovable, flowing beautifully with the story with restrained candor. A lovely read in the Shu-Li series that provides diversity and celebrations of heritage for young readers."
“The ethnic and economic diversity of Shu-Li’s neighborhood and school is highlighted textually and in Wang’s frequent black-and-white line drawings.”
School Library Journal
Other titles by Paul Yee
The Three Sisters
Dear Canada: Hoping for Home
Stories of Arrival
The Bone Collector's Son
Chinese Fairy Tale Feasts
A Literary Cookbook
Au Canada : De fer et de sang
La construction du chemin de fer canadien, Lee Heen-gwon, Colombie-Britannique, 1882
The Bone Collector's Son
Cher Journal : Terre d'accueil, terre d'espoir