In 1867, Otter travels from Three Willows Village in China to California -- the Land of the Golden Mountain. There he will join his father and uncle.
In spite of the presence of family, Otter is a stranger among the other Chinese in this new land. And where he expected to see a land of goldfields, he sees only vast, cold whiteness. But Otter's dream is to learn all he can, take the technology back to the Middle Kingdom, and free China from the Manchu invaders.
Otter and the others board a machine that will change his life -- a train for which he would open the Dragon's Gate.---from the publisher
352 pages 9780064404891 Ages 9-13
Keywords: adventure, immigrants, immigration, relatives, new experiences, journey, survival, 19th century, train, quest, dreams, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, 13 year old, part of a series, Asian American author
‘In rural China in 1865, 14-year-old Otter eagerly sails to California to join his father and legendary uncle on the transcontinental railroad. On a freezing, snow-filled mountain in the Sierras, Otter begins his harrowing journey toward self-knowledge. An engaging survival-adventure story, a social history, a heroic quest.’—Booklist ‘
Told with humanity and compassion… a tribute to the survival and courage of these immigrants.’—1994 Newbery Committee.