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Yep, Laurence.
New York : HarperCollins, 2003.
IL 5-8, RL 6.8
ISBN 0060010142
Meet Mr. Hu.  I bet you have never met anyone like him.  You see, he is a shape shifter.  He is also the guardian of a precious phoenix egg.  When it is stolen by Kung Kung in an attempt to take over the world, Seventh-grader Tom, Mr. Hu and an assortment of incredible creatures team up to find it.  While the creatures are a bit strange, they are still living in modern day San Francisco and don't always get along with each other.  This is book one in a new fantasy series.
SUBJECTS:     Magic -- Fiction.
                        Chinese Americans -- Fiction.
                        Orphans -- Fiction.
                        San Francisco (Calif.) -- Fiction.


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