Reviewed by Mrs. Bruno at Arongen
The year is 1922 and Gim Lew Yep is a ten-year-old boy living in southern China. His father, a stranger to him, visits from San Francisco and wants to take Gim Lew back to Ameria with him. First, Gim Lew must learn not to stutter, write with his right hand and memorize details of his home, family life and village, in order to undergo a strict test upon his arrival on Angel Island. Will he pass the test and be permitted to enter California or be sent back to China? This book is based on Laurence Yep's family history.