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By Milly Lee
Illustrated by Yangsook Choi
2006, 37 pages, Hardback.
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Book Description from Back Cover

Sun is ready to move to America, the place known as Gum Saan, Gold Mountain. His father warns him, though, that passage to America will not be easy. Because of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, new immigrants like Sun are detained at Angel Island, where they must pass a difficult test before they can land.

In preparation, Sun studies maps of his village and memorizes facts about his house and family. But as the test draws near, the map's compass points swirl in his memory, and Sun worries that he will lose his direction and be turned away.

Based on a true story from the author's father-in-law, Landed vividly recounts an amazing chapter in Chinese history.

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Comments on the Book

watercolor paintings, in sepia tones and shades of green, are quiet and packed with feeling."
-- Starred, Booklist

"Choi's soft illustrations. . . capture the spirit of the time with beautiful visual detail. This is a significant book.
"--School Library Journal

"This testament to the pull of "Gold Mountain" offers a bit of Chinese-American history in a handsome package."
-Kirkus Reviews

"Provides a rare glimpse into the challenges posed for Chinese immigrants in the early 20th century."
--Publishers Weekly

"Choi's lovely, somber, full-page watercolors and Lee's quiet narrative, put a human face on the great abstraction of immigration."
--Washington Post Book World

"Ellis Island may be well known to most schoolchildren, but its West Coast cousin is finally getting the attention it deserves."
--The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

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Background on the Author and Illustrator

Milly Lee is the author of Nim and the War Effort and Earthquake, both illustrated by Yangsook Choi. She grew up in San Francisco's Chinatown, has been a school librarian, and was a Sonoma County Office of Education Librarian until her retirement. She and her husband live in Santa Rosa, California.

Yangsook Choi grew up in South Korea. She earned a B.A. from Sangmyung University in Seoul and M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where she now lives. She has written and/or illustrated many notable books for children, including Peach Heaven and The Name Jar.

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