The Secret Keepers

The Secret Keepers
CDN$ 12.95
UK£ 7.95
Series: Young Adult Novel
Length: 134 pages
Publication Year: March 2012
ISBN: 9781896580968
Age Group: 13 and up
Book Cover: Paperback


In this novel set in San Francisco`s Chinatown before and after 1906, young Jackson Leong has to not only cope with the ghost of his brother who died in the earthquake, but also the mysterious ghost of a young woman who is haunting the family nickelodeon. A masterpiece of historical fiction that will take the reader on a roller coaster journey into the past.


*Selected as a Best Book of the Year 2013 by Bank Street College
*Selected for The White Ravens 2012 by the International Youth Library of Munich
*Selected for the best of 2011 list by Resource Links Magazine
*Selected as Best of 2012 by Canadian Children’s Book Centre


“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 . . . Yee has created another rich North American-Chinese ghost story to thrill his readers.” – Resource Links


“Rich with Chinese folklore and historical detail, this masterful novel transports readers to a fascinating world still in touch with the supernatural” – The White Ravens 2012


“Paul Yee has created an interesting world for his young adult readers. They are taken back in time to the early twentieth century and placed in the world of Chinatown with its nickelodeon, its opium den, its temples and ghosts. …

Readers of mystery books will enjoy the ghosts and supernatural elements in this story and solving the mystery of identity of the ghost girl in the blue Chinese smock. Those who like historical fiction will enjoy learning about various aspects and traditions of Chinese culture a century ago. And woven into both of these is Yee’s story of Jackson who overcomes adversity, keeps his family from disgrace, and finally becomes a capable and admirable young man by the end of the novel. Highly recommended.” - CM Magazine


“Paul Yee is a prolific author and winner of te Governor General’s Award. He presents this tension-laden turn-of-the-century story of family secrets and cover-up with drama and suspense, an ideal formula for captivating young and reluctant readers. With a quickstep pace and unexpected twists, this is a compelling read that will engage all ages.” – Historical Novel Society


“Historical fiction readers open to a supernatural twist may enjoy the quirk mystery.” – Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Book


“Yee gives readers a real feel for what life was like for Chinese imigrants at the turn of the 20th century. … This fast-moving title will be popular among reluctant readers.” – Student Library Journal


This fast-moving title will be popular among reluctant readers.” – School Library Journal


The plot contrivances are awkward at times, but the ghostly mysteries are tense as the community struggles to recover from the disaster. Best of all are the family secrets, with surprising revelations until the very end.”  - Book List

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