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 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 beh...

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...

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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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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful and engaging The problem of the Chinese workers who were so instrumental in completing the Trans Canada railway is so engaging to young readers that this story by Paul Yee is a must. The railway helped to create Canada and the Chinese workers who worked much harder than regular Canadians and under very arduous conditions were not acknowledged at the time for their contribution. They also were treated very badly by Canadians and Canadian government policy. It is a shameful chapter in Canadian history that at least is acknowledged today. The indignity that these people received can be thought of as a lasting scar and this book offers a response to that humiliation with a kind of honouring or acknowledgement that is powerful and appropriate. Children as readers are fascinated with social justice and restorative justice. It is a story and an outcome that can fill their imaginations and their passion for making things right. On many levels, Paul Yee has woven a story full of beautiful pictures and poignant situations that draw children into a story that honours those forgotten in the creation of our great country. The fallen railway worker’s daughter, Choon Yi, with her single arm and her magical artistic talent stands up as the main character and restores the esteem that her father and his fellow workers deserve. Don’t miss out on seeing your children care from reading this beautiful story.
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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