Ghost Train

Hardcover | June 1, 1996

byPaul YeeIllustratorHarvey Chan

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Winner of the Governor General's Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award and the Ruth Schwartz Award

This powerful, unforgettable and multi-award-winning tale is based on the lives of the Chinese who settled on the west coast of North America in the early 1900s.

Left behind in China by her father, who has gone to North America to find work, Choon-yi has made her living by selling her paintings in the market. When her father writes one day and asks her to join him, she joyously sets off, only to discover that he has been killed. Choon-yi sees the railway and the giant train engines that her father died for, and she is filled with an urge to paint them.

But her work disappoints her until a ghostly presence beckons her to board the train where she meets the ghosts of the men who died building the railway. She is able to give them peace by returning their bones to China where they were born.

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When a Chinese peasant girl, Choon-yi, who has only one magical arm, learns of her father's death, she returns to China, where her father's ghost tells her to paint the "fire car" that rides the rails he helped build, and her paintings come alive to trans

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Winner of the Governor General's Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award and the Ruth Schwartz AwardThis powerful, unforgettable and multi-award-winning tale is based on the lives of the Chinese who settled on the west coast of North America in the early 1900s. Left behind in Chin...

Paul Yee was born in Spalding, Saskatchewan, and grew up in Vancouver's Chinatown. A former archivist, he now writes full time. His books have won many awards and honors, including the Governor General's Award (Ghost Train), the Ruth Schwartz Award (Ghost Train and Roses Sing on New Snow), and the Canadian Library Association Book of t...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 12.38 × 9.38 × 0.24 inPublished:June 1, 1996Publisher:Groundwood Books Ltd

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0888992572

ISBN - 13:9780888992574

Appropriate for ages: 6

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When a Chinese peasant girl, Choon-yi, who has only one magical arm, learns of her father's death, she returns to China, where her father's ghost tells her to paint the "fire car" that rides the rails he helped build, and her paintings come alive to trans

Editorial Reviews

"A moving fantasy." - Booklist

"Yee uses precise details...and powerful imagery...to create a rich atmosphere." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A splendid collaboration and achievement, once again, from Paul Yee and Harvey Chan." - Globe and Mail