Bone Collector’s Son, The

Bone Collector’s Son, The

Series: Young Adult Novel
Tags: All books, Bestsellers
Publisher: Tradewind Books
Publication Year: September 2012
ASIN: 1896580505
ISBN: 9781896580500

Rights sold to USA.

About the Book

This ghost story is set in the year 1907 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Fourteen-year-old Bing-wing Chan resents his father, not only because the man gambles away all their money, but also because he now forces Bing to help him in his gruesome job. Ba is the bone collector, the one who digs up skeletons of deceased Chinese so that they can be sent home to China for permanent burial. Sinister things start happening soon after Bing accompanies his father to the graveyard.

Praise for The Bone Collector’s Son:

“A great read-aloud, either at home or in the classroom.”
— starred review, The Toronto Star

“The story also offers young readers a glimpse into the racism and tough conditions faced by Chinese immigrants at the turn of the century.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Yee skillfully contrasts the supernatural with brutal, racial prejudice and the haunted, unsettled yearning of immigrants longing for roots.” — Booklist

“This is a book that shows the imaginative power of fiction. It demonstrates that empathy across time and cultures is possible.” — The Georgia Straight


Finalist for the BCLA Stellar Award 2006

Resource Links – Best of 2004

Finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award 2004


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.

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