Young Boeingdude, I highly recommend changing the information on the end of your About You page on your blog. As a minor, it is not advisable to have your full name, address and school listed in such a public manner along with your picture. Thanks for dropping by White Jade Tiger is fantastic, if you are looking for other similar books, At the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is also excellent, although it may be a little adult yet, somehow I doubt it.
On a trip to Chinatown, thirteen-year-old Jasmine steps through a doorway back in time and finds herself in the 1880s.
Jasmine is not sure she likes the idea of being stuck in Victoria while her father goes to China. But on a field trip to Chinatown, she changes her mind. Passing through a doorway in Fan Tan Alley, she mysteriously finds herself in the early 1880s. Adventure begins with a new friend, a journey to the Fraser Canyon during the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and a search for an ancient amulet. But Jasmine is not the only one searching for the white jade tiger…
White Jade Tiger
Limited preview - 1993
I like the way Lawson uses the fantastical element of time travel to lead the reader to an historical period. This is a rich literary element of this historical fiction novel. “White Jade Tiger” creates great opportunities to explore with students the injustices around the treatment of Chinese immigrants during the period in which the railway was being built. It opens conversations about racism and holds us accountable as Canadians to look deeply at our own history.
The text is a traditional third person past narrative, usually focalized through the central character, Jasmine, but frequently interspersing sections involving not only Keung, a Chinese boy who comes to BC to find his father in the nineteenth century but also other Chinese characters connected to Keung, such as his ancestress Bright Jade, and ones describing the spirit of white jade tiger of the title–a piece of jade in the shape of a tiger, but representing something larger than that–the fortune of a village and a family, ruined because the white jade tiger has been stolen form its required resitng place. Most of these sections are separate, but there are a few places here and there where the focalization shifts from Jasmine to Keung within a section.