From Donna Barnes
author: Yep, Laurence
Spring Pearl : the last flower
Looking for a book with an adventurous heroine? Spring Pearl by Laurence Yep is a book from the Girls of Many Land series that offers readers a suspenseful and eye opening adventure to the world of Canton, China during the 1857 Opium War.
Spring Pearl is 12 years old when her parents die, leaving her in the care of a wealthy family. Because of her independent nature and her intelligence, Spring Pearl initially intimidates her host family. However, it is her intelligence and quick wit that saves her host family when the Opium War erupts. Because Spring Pearl grew up in the Rats’ Nest-a very poor section of Canton- she is able to navigate between both the poor and the wealthy sections of Canton with ease. The book delivers a taste of what life was like for young girls growing up in China in the 19th century. The author provides historical notes and many photos, as well as a “Then and Now” afterword that draws on Yep’s story to contrast conditions facing girls in 19th century China with those today.