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careful what you wish, for it may come true". These are the words that
young Otter hears as he drops coins into the water and wishes to go to
America. Otter's father and uncle have sent letters to China and told of
their adventures building the transcontinental railroad. They make it sound
so exciting that Otter begs his mother to let him go and join them. Otter's
mother refuses to allow him to go. But when Otter gets in trouble, his
mother relents and sends him to America to join his father. When Otter
finds his father, he is shocked to find that his father had exaggerated
in his letters. The Chinese live in harsh conditions and work under intolerable
conditions. Will Otter be able to survive this life? Read DRAGON'S
GATE to find out.
Chinese -- United States -- Fiction
Railroads -- Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.) -- History -- Fiction
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