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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Today is Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Rabbit!

Two weeks ago, my family went out to dinner at our local Chinese restaurant (which makes an amazing pineapple fried rice, by the way) to celebrate my mother's mid-January birthday. I had to explain to her that because she has a January birthday, she really was not born in the Year of the Rat like she had thought all these years. She was really born under the Year of the Pig (like me). This was quite a shock to her, but we have straightened it all out now, and I think that she will be able to carry on.

In honor of this holiday, I thought I would highlight a title from our BFYA list of "Best Books."

Title: Gateway
Author: Shinn
Genre: Fiction, Time Travel, Fantasy, Chinese Americans
Pages: 280
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

From Goodreads: As a Chinese adoptee in St. Louis, teenage Daiyu often feels out of place. When an elderly Asian jewelry seller at a street fair shows her a black jade ring—and tells her that "black jade" translates to "Daiyu"—she buys it as a talisman of her heritage. But it's more than that; it's magic and it takes Daiyu through a gateway into a version of St. Louis much like 19th century China. Almost immediately she is recruited as a spy, which means hours of training in manners and niceties and sleight of hand. It also means stealing time to be with handsome Kalen, who is in on the plan. There's only one problem. Once her task is done, she must go back to St. Louis and leave him behind forever. . .

I am not typically a big fan of fantasy/time-travel adventure novels. However, this one contains an interesting premise, with the possiblity of sequels. Definitely a book worthy of our Best Fiction list, and one that you shouldn't miss!

Gung Hay Fat Choy to all!

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