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New York : Philomel, 2006
IL 3-6, RL 3.5
ISBN 0399234063
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Ming arrives in America after sailing the sea for over a month to help his brothers earn money, so they can send money back home to their family in China. Upon arrival Ming learns that his Brother Wong has recently gone back to work on the railroads as the store has not been generating enough money.Therefore it is  Brother Shek that greets Ming and takes him back to the store for a warm meal and a hot bath. Ming learns that he will be left to look after the store while Brother Shek goes out to try and make money farming vegetables and fruits. Ming questions if he will be able to handle such a big responsibility. Before Brother Shek leaves, he reminds Ming that he is not to go past Stockton Street, as Chinese should not go outside of China town.
Ming soon realizes that the store does not get many customers and longs for a friend. One day ming decides to disguise himself and venture out past Stockton Street. He comes upon a school and meets Patrick, an Irish boy that attends the school, who is about the same age as Ming. The two boys becomes friends and past the long days playing and Patrick teaching Ming english. When Brother Shek returns he learns that the store is in danger of being shut down for there is not enough money to pay the rent. Ming and Patrick then come up with a plan to try and save the store. Are they successful in saving the store? Do Ming and Patrick remain friends?  (Kristen Parks,, college student)
SUBJECTS:     San Francisco (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Juvenile fiction.
                        Chinese Americans -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Brothers -- Fiction.
                        Irish Americans -- Fiction.

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