Kay Honeyman The Fire Horse Girl

ISBN 13: 9780545403108

The Fire Horse Girl

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9780545403108: The Fire Horse Girl

Jade Moon is a Fire Horse -- the worst sign in the Chinese zodiac for girls, said to make them stubborn, willful, and far too imaginative. But while her family despairs of marrying her off, she has a passionate heart and powerful dreams, and wants only to find a way to make them come true.

Then a young man named Sterling Promise offers Jade Moon and her father a chance to go to America. While Sterling Promise's smooth manners couldn't be more different from her impulsive nature, Jade Moon falls in love with him on the long voyage. But America in 1923 doesn't want many Chinese immigrants, and when they are detained at Angel Island, the "Ellis Island of the West," she discovers a betrayal that destroys all her dreams. To get into America, much less survive there, Jade Moon will have to use all her stubbornness and will to break a new path... one so brave and dangerous, only a Fire Horse girl could imagine it.

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Jade Moon is a Fire Horse -- the worst sign in the Chinese zodiac for girls, said to make them stubborn, reckless, and far too headstrong. While her family despairs of marrying her off, she dreams of traveling far beyond her tiny village, living out a story as big as her imagination.

Then a young man named Sterling Promise offers Jade Moon and her father an incredible opportunity: the chance to go to America. As they travel, Sterling Promise's smooth
manners and Jade Moon's impulsive nature strike sparks again and again. But America in 1923 doesn't welcome Chinese immigrants, and when they are detained at Angel Island -- the so-called "Ellis Island of the West" Jade Moon uncovers a betrayal that destroys all her dreams. To get into America,
much less survive there, she will have to use every bit of her stubbornness and strength to break a new path... one so brave and dangerous that only a Fire Horse girl could imagine it.

This marvelous adventure is as fiery, bold, and romantic as Jade Moon herself -- and just as unforgettable.

Kay Honeyman became fascinated with the history of Chinese immigration to the United States after she and her husband adopted a son from China in 2009. The Fire Horse Girl is her first novel. Kay teaches eighth-grade English in Dallas, Texas, where she lives with her family. Please visit her website at www.kayhoneyman.com.

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"What do you think America will be like?" I asked Sterling Promise.

"Your uncle used to say that it was a place where stories began. A place where any ending was possible."

My eyes widened. "Did Uncle like stories?"

"He liked possibilities," he said. "I think America is a land that allows you to walk away from an old life into a better one."

I nodded slowly.

"And you, what do you think it will be like?"

"It will have... what do you call it? Getting to live as you are?"

"Freedom," he said. But he wasn't looking at me.

"That is what it will be. Freedom."

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