Atheneum Books for Young Readers Bridge Across the Sky Atheneum Books for Young Readers Bridge Across the Sky
Atheneum Books for Young Readers Bridge Across the Sky Atheneum Books for Young Readers Bridge Across the Sky

Bridge Across the Sky

By Freeman Ng


Publication Date: August 27, 2024

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Ages 14 And Up, Grades 9 And Up

A raw and honest historical novel in verse about a Chinese teen who immigrates to the United States with his family and endures mistreatment at the Angel Island Immigration Station while trying to navigate his own course in a new world.

Tai Go and his family have crossed an ocean wider than a thousand rivers, joining countless other Chinese immigrants in search of a better life in the United States. Instead, they’re met with hostility and racism. Empowered by the Chinese Exclusion Act, the government detains the immigrants on Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay while evaluating their claims.

Held there indefinitely, Tai Go experiences the prison-like conditions, humiliating medical exams, and interrogations designed to trick detainees into failure. Yet amid the anger and sorrow, Tai Go also finds hope—in the poems carved into the walls of the barracks by others who have been detained there, in the actions of a group of fellow detainees who are ready to fight for their rights, in the friends he makes, and in a perceived enemy whose otherness he must come to terms with.

Unhappy at first with his father’s decision to come to the United States, Tai Go must overcome the racism he discovers in both others and himself and forge his own version of the American Dream.

About the Author

Freeman Ng is a former Google software engineer who’s now writing full time. Though he lived most of his life a twenty-minute ferry ride from Angel Island and his father entered the country through a process similar to the one described in Freeman’s Bridge Across the Sky (except through Seattle), he never thought about the station and its history until he heard about the poems on the walls. Then he knew he had to write about them, and that it had to be in verse. Visit him at

Format: Hardcover

Length: 368 pages

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9781665948593

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