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The Fire Horse Girl

By Karen Rivers

A fiery and romantic adventure, perfect for fans of Grace Lin, Kristen Cashore, or Lisa See!

Jade Moon is a Fire Horse - the worst sign in the Chinese zodiac for girls, said to make them stubborn, willful, and far too imaginative. But while her family despairs of marrying her off, she has a passionate heart and powerful dreams, and wants only to find a way to make them come true.

Then a young man named Sterling Promise comes to their village to offer Jade Moon and her father a chance to go to America. While Sterling Promise's smooth manners couldn't be more different from her own impulsive nature, Jade Moon falls in love with him on the long voyage. But America in 1923 doesn't want to admit many Chinese, and when they are detained at Angel Island, the "Ellis Island of the West," she discovers a betrayal that destroys all her dreams. To get into America, much less survive there, Jade Moon will have to use all her stubbornness and will to break a new path... one as brave and dangerous as only a Fire Horse girl can imagine.

Reviews and Awards

2014 Tayshas High School Reading List

⋆ "First-time author Honeyman has researched the history of Angel Island and early twentieth century San Francisco carefully, yet the ultimate strength of this story is in her character Jade Moon. Her voice, authentic and consistent, transcends this historical fiction/adventure/love story to embrace every young woman who has ever searched for the real person hidden under the veneer of society's expectations." - Booklist, starred review

"Historical details create a strong sense of setting, and readers will recognize (well before Jade Moon does) that her inner fire is an asset, and that she's much more than the sign under which she was born." - Publishers Weekly

"In a defiant first-person voice, Jade Moon describes the desperate lives of Chinese immigrant women as she relies on her Fire Horse persona to save herself.... Perilous, page-turning adventure in old Chinatown." - Kirkus Reviews

"Honeyman provides fascinating insight into Chinese immigration to America in the 1920s. This novel would be a great whole class read or recommended read for a U.S. History class. Moreover, Jade Moon is a complex heroine and this book offers fascinating discussion points for the themes of feminism, gender roles, and diversity. Adult fans of Amy Tan may also enjoy this thoughtful, well-crafted story." - Voice of Youth Advocates

Purchase Options
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Spring 2013
Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 978-0-545-40310-8
Price: $17.99/$19.99
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Page Count: 336
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Stimola Literary Studio
Rights Available? yes