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Ages 12 and up
From the author of the critically-acclaimed Under a Painted Skycomes a powerful novel set during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
In San Francisco in 1906, a spot at St. Clare’s School is off limits for all but the wealthiest white girls. However, 15-year-old Mercy Wong knows that education is the best way out of Chinatown’s squalor. Through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, Mercy gains admittance, only to discover that getting in would be her easiest challenge. But Mercy refuses to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses and stands strong—until disaster strikes. On April 18, a massive earthquake destroys Mercy’s home and school. With the city in shambles and martial law in effect, she’s forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Days pass, some families never surface, and the help they’re promised does not arrive. Bringing people together from the unlikeliest of places, Mercy’s determination helps create a haven from the ashes for those suffering in her broken city.
Stacey Lee has masterfully crafted another formidable character-driven novel set against a unique historical backdrop that has not been explored in young adult literature. Strong-willed Mercy Wong leads a cast of colorful, diverse characters in this heart-wrenching tale of survival and determination.