The Bone Collector's Son Paperback – Mar 1 2004
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Gr. 6-9. From the first scene, set in a graveyard, Yee's latest novel is a gripping story of a boy caught between physical and spiritual worlds. Bing is angry with his father, a compulsive gambler who has one of the worst jobs in Vancouver's Chinatown: he collects the bones of Chinese immigrants' relatives and ships them back to relatives in China. Bing loathes the frightening, ostracizing work, so he is delighted when he finds a job as a houseboy in a wealthy home. Unfortunately, his employer's house has ghosts of its own, and Bing, with help from friends in Chinatown, must summon his pride and courage to pacify the antagonistic spirits, living and dead, in his community. A few lengthy ghost stories, unrelated to the plot, seem purposefully inserted. Still, the chilly details enhance the central story's suspense, and as in Dead Man's Gold and Other Stories (2002), Yee skillfully contrasts a strong sense of the supernatural with brutal, all-too-real racial prejudice and the haunted, unsettled yearning of immigrants longing for roots. Gillian Engberg
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"..an always-engaging, fast-paced work of fiction.." -- The Globe and Mail
"The Bone Collector's Son is a profluent, tightly paced, highly enjoyable story." -- The Vancouver Sun
"This is a book that... shows the imaginative power of fiction. It demonstrates that empathy across time and cultures is possible." -- The Georgia Straight
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