Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
In Outrun the Moon we find Mercy Wong, a poor girl from Chinatown in 1906 San Francisco wanting to better her family's situation. She has found and almost memorized a business book which helps her, through cunning and a little bribery, get herself into the wealthy almost all-white school for girls, St. Claire's School for Girls. Mercy is sure this is the only way to get what she wants for her family. Once at the school, she runs into the expected bigotry of the time, but stands strong and, surprisingly to her, makes some friends.
On April 18th, the historic earthquake rocks San Francisco and Mercy and her schoolmates must survive together. With both her home in Chinatown and the School in ruins, can Mercy, with her "bossy cheeks" still find the will and the strength to get things done and help her classmates through this ordeal? Will they let her?
This is an absorbing historical fiction novel that many readers will enjoy with information about the Chinese culture and the coming together of all different cultures in the wake of the disaster.
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. May 24, 2016. 391 pages. MS/HS.
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