by Milly Lee
This is an excellent book for 4th graders studying Chinese immigration to America! When Sun turns 12, his father starts the preparations to bring him to America like his brothers. Sun’s father is a merchant with a store in San Francisco and travels back and forth often. Sun must memorize everything about his family and his home so that he can prove he is truly his father’s son. After the journey across the ocean in second class, Sun is held at Angel Island awaiting his interrogation. While there he befriends other boys his age and learns that they are “paper sons,” pretending to be someone else in the hopes of gaining entry to Gold Mountain. A fascinating look at the immigration process on the West Coast. Recommended for grades 3-5.