Outrun the Moon

Outrun the MoonOutrun the Moon
by Stacey Lee
Grades 6 & up

Mercy Wong is determined to make a better life for her family. She doesn’t want her father to have to keep working 16 hours a day in his laundry and she especially doesn’t want that to be all that waits for her little brother. But growing up in San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1906 does not leave her a lot of options. Mercy is resourceful, entrepreneurial, and brave, however, and she manages to finagle a spot for herself at a prestigious girls’ school. But the battle is not over. The other girls are hesitant to accept her and some are downright hostile. Just as she starts to make a little headway, the earthquake hits. Their school is destroyed and most of San Francisco, including Chinatown, is burning. Is this the end of Mercy’s plans for the future? Or has the earthquake literally leveled the playing field? This book has everything a reader would want in historical fiction — a clever heroine, a great tragedy, and a little bit of romance. Highly recommended for grades 6 and up.

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