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Kai's Journey to Gold Mountain
An Angel Island Story
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Kai's Journey to Gold Mountain
An Angel Island Story

By Katrina Saltonstall Currier
Illustrator Gabhor Utomo
2005, 39 pages, Hardback and Paperback.
Book Description from Back Cover
Comments from Back Cover
About the Author and Illustrator

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Book Description from Back Cover

On Wong Kai Chong's twelfth birthday, he learns that he must leave his home in China and journey alone to Gold Mountain-America-to live with his father. The year is 1934, and the United States does not welcome Chinese immigrants. Upon arrival in San Francisco, Kai is detained on Angel Island. The crowded barracks, harsh interrogations, and constant threat of being returned to China are not what he expected to find in San Francisco. Will Kai ever be free to join his father in Gold Mountain?

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Comments from Back Cover

Basketball and plums add charming touches to the story and the imaginative, lush illustrations enrich the text beautifully.
- Felicia Lowe, Producer/director of "Carved in Silence."

... just what elementary school teachers have been asking for.
- Katherine Toy, Executive Director
Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

Students put themselves into Kai's position and experience immigration from his perspective.
- Beth Graubart, 4th Grade Teacher, San Francisco Day School

Kai's spirit of adventure and hopes for a rich new life make him an engaging character. I felt as if I had completed a journey too.
- Katharine Gilmartin, Librarian
San Francisco Public Library

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Background on the Author and Illustrator

Katrina Currier grew up in Massachusetts and was first introduced to Angel Island when it became part of the social studies curriculum in the Newton Public Schools, where she taught fourth grade. Surprised at the shortage of children's literature about Angel Island, she began this book when she moved to San Francisco in 2001. Through her research, she met Albert "Kai" Wong, who generously shared his story with her.

Katrina lives in San Francisco with her husband and two sons. This is her first picture book for children.

Gabhor Utomo lived in Indonesia until 1997, when he moved to San Francisco to study at the Academy of Art College. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration in 2003. Gabhor's 13-year-old friend, Anton, served as his model for Kai.

Gabhor lives with his wife, Dina, in San Francisco. This is his first book for childeren.

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