The Fire Horse Girl by Kay HoneymanThe Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman

The Fire Horse Girl

byKay Honeyman

Paperback | January 26, 2016

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A fiery and romantic adventure, perfect for fans of Grace Lin, Kristen Cashore, or Lisa See!

Jade Moon is a Fire Horse - the worst sign in the Chinese zodiac for girls, said to make them stubborn, willful, and far too imaginative. But while her family despairs of marrying her off, she has a passionate heart and powerful dreams, and wants only to find a way to make them come true.

Then a young man named Sterling Promise comes to their village to offer Jade Moon and her father a chance to go to America. While Sterling Promise's smooth manners couldn't be more different from her own impulsive nature, Jade Moon falls in love with him on the long voyage. But America in 1923 doesn't want to admit many Chinese, and when they are detained at Angel Island, the "Ellis Island of the West," she discovers a betrayal that destroys all her dreams.

To get into America, much less survive there, Jade Moon will have to use all her stubbornness and will to break a new path... one as brave and dangerous as only a Fire Horse girl can imagine.

Kay Honeyman became fascinated with the topic of Chinese immigration after she and her husband adopted a son from China in 2009. The Fire Horse Girl is her first novel. Kay teaches eighth-grade English in Dallas, Texas, where she lives with her family. Please visit her website at
Title:The Fire Horse GirlFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.02 × 5.31 × 0.95 inPublished:January 26, 2016Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0545403111

ISBN - 13:9780545403115

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Read from the Book

"What do you think America will be like?" I asked Sterling Promise. "Your uncle used to say that it was a place where stories began. A place where any ending was possible." My eyes widened. "Did Uncle like stories?" "He liked possibilities," he said. "I think America is a land that allows you to walk away from an old life into a better one."   I nodded slowly. "And you, what do you think it will be like?" "It will have... what do you call it? Getting to live as who you are?" "Freedom," he said. But he wasn't looking at me. "That is what it will be. Freedom."

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Fire Horse Girl*"The ultimate strength of this story is in her character Jade Moon. Her voice, authentic and consistent, transcends this historical fiction/adventure/love story to embrace every young woman who has ever searched for the real person hidden under the veneer of society's expectations." -Booklist, starred review"Historical details create a strong sense of setting, and readers will recognize (well before Jade Moon does) that her inner fire is an asset, and that she's much more than the sign under which she was born." -Publishers Weekly"Perilous, page-turning adventure in old Chinatown." -Kirkus"The action and Jade Moon's unbreakable spirit will win [readers] over." -School Library Journal