Secret Keepers, The

Secret Keepers, The

Series: Young Adult Novel
Tag: All books
Publisher: Tradewind Books
Publication Year: March 2012
ISBN: 9781896580968
About the Book

Jackson Leong is haunted by ghosts—that of his brother and that of a mysterious young woman. The story is set after the earthquake of 1906 destroys most of San Francisco’s Chinatown. The Secret Keepers provides a window into Chinese culture by Governor
General’s Award-winning author, Paul Yee.

Praise for The Secret Keepers:

“The story is well-stocked with specters and misadventures.” — Kirkus

“Set in the rich landscape of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the early 1900s, the history
and diverse culture of the Chinese-American population are vividly brought to life. The
characters are complex, believable, and multilayered and refuse to paint a stereotype of Chinese-Americans . . . Yee has created another rich North American/Chinese ghost story to thrill his readers.” — Resource Links

“Readers of mystery books will enjoy the ghosts and supernatural elements in this story. Jackson overcomes adversity, keeps his family from disgrace, and becomes a capable and admirable young man by the end of the novel. Highly recommended.” — CM Magazine

“The Secret Keepers is a treasure chest of excellent historical fiction. In the foreground, life-like characters wrestle with the same survival problems today’s readers might face; in the background, an uncompromised, perfect portrayal of the past . . . San Francisco’s Chinatown at the time of the great earthquake.” — Canadian Children’s Book News

“Paul Yee presents a tension-laden turn-of-the-century story of family secrets and cover-ups with drama and suspense. With a quickstep pace and unexpected twists, this is a compelling read that will engage all ages.” — Historical Novel Society


A White Raven Book for International Understanding

Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books of 2012

Resource Links – Best of 2011


About the Author
Paul Yee

had his first book for children published in 1983. His most recent book, The Three Sisters, is his tenth title with Tradewind Books. Yee's books have won numerous prizes, including a Governor General’s Award, and his body of work was recognized by the Metcalf Award in 2012.

Paul lives in Toronto now, but much of this writing is set in Canada’s west coast.