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The Bone Collector's Son [Paperback]

Paul Yee

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Book Description

March 1 2004

Thirteen-year-old Bing-wing Chan must conquer his fear of ghosts as his father’s gambling debts force him to dig for human bones in a graveyard and then to work as a houseboy in a haunted house. Set in Vancouver's Chinatown The Bone Collector's Son is a moving study of the struggle of Chinese immigrants and racism at the turn of the century.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Tradewind Books (March 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1896580505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1896580500
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #365,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A poignant tale Aug. 12 2006
By Chrix - Published on Amazon.com
I have just read the story and I loved it. It inspires me to look at adversities in life with tenacity and to move on no matter how hard the going may be.
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Chinatown, Ghosts and Growing Up March 20 2009
By C. June Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
I loved this book. I read it with my 13 year old nephew over a weekend while he visited. Both of us were rivetted. The realistic view of a time and subculture I know little about, the rich story-telling and parallel ghost stories, the coming of age of this young boy, and the shifting relationship with his father, all made for excellent reading. I am eager to read more by this writer.
3.0 out of 5 stars Vancouver BC's Chinese Experience Feb. 4 2014
By Brooknook - Published on Amazon.com
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Good for children to now about this historical time..not a pretty picture. The end of the story is a bit fantastic, but....
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good pieces, weak whole. March 21 2007
By T. D. - Published on Amazon.com
While it is a fast young adult read, The Bone Collector's Son didn't quite come together for me. There is a lot in play: father-son distance, cultural traditions, courage, the power of belief, a mystery to be solved, obstacles overcome. The several Chinese ghost stories were quite charming. But when the various bits come together, they don't work together. The disjointed parts don't flow together: they distract from each other. So while the book has virtues, it just isn't that good a read.

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