The Fire Horse Girl

The Fire Horse Girl

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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.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Scholastic,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780545403115
Characteristics: 321 pages ; 21 cm.

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joywolf83
Feb 07, 2014

Set in the 1920s. Girl in China trys to immigrate to America. There is culture clash and issues with her being female. Beautifully written. Her father doesn't want to go and doesn't like her especially. However, no one is written as one dimensional. Even her father wants a good future for her in his own way, he just can't understand her. For example when asked why doesn't he want China to modernize, he says "So we can have deadlier armies? So our government can take land that does not belong to them? So we can force people to worship as we do? The things done in the name of modernization thing seem backward to me."

Under current runs as to what is love. She wants to know the love that's in stories. However she does find love, but it is as it should be. Mostly good things and some bad things that you'll put up with. Her travel to America is real history with action and suspense. With characters you can connect to, this book will transport you into her life. (Also the cover, which is brilliant, will make sense about half thru page 175.)

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SilverSparrow
Jun 27, 2013

This is one of those books you are curious about after reading the description; that isn't perfect, but the lack of perfection doesn't really matter. I have never, ever, read anything like this book. It was a completely new topic (Chinese Immagration, Angel Island, Tongs) for me, totally unpredictable (well... almost completely). While I don't really get all of Jade Moon's choices (and I shouldn't, as she's a different person than I), I enjoyed reading it. I loved how it didn't seem completely foreign and strange, though it's set in China, Angel Island, and Chinatown. Possibly that's because of some lack of description, but I actually appreciated that. Some books about China I've read (or tried to read), I feel like a totaly stranger, for some reason. I didn't feel that way reading this.
*spolier below*
I CAN see how Jade Moon and Sterling Promise were good for eachother, totally can, but it wasn't developed. It was like Jade Moon hated Sterling Promise and suddenly, as she pushed him away was like I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. awkward, but I can see how their personalities match which is a really good thing. Loved the end scene so much!!

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