Bing froze at the sight
of two dark figures floating among the gravestones. No one was supposed to
be here, not this early in the morning. Ghosts! They seemed to hover in the
mist that hung over the graveyard. As he drew closer, Bing realized they
were grieving mourners. As father and son approached, the two black-clad
mourners glanced up and turned their backs on Bing and his father, just like
all the other white people.
The Bone Collectorís Son is about a teenage boy growing up in
Vancouverís Chinatown in 1907. After moving to Canada from China with his
father, Bing-wing Chan, or Bing, is confused and afraid. Because of his
fatherís gambling debts, Bing is forced to stop going to school and help his
father dig up the bones of dead Chinese workers, in order to send them home
to China and their families. When they dig up a headless skeleton strange
things start to happen. Things get even weirder when Bing escapes his job as
a bone collector to become a houseboy in a rich, white familyís haunted
Paul Yee, a Canadian award-winning author of children and adult literature,
is the author of The Bone Collectorís Son. He has written two non-fiction
books, a collection of short stories, and several other novels for kids and
teens. Many of these have won awards. Also, many of them are about Chinese
people in Canada. Paul Yee was born in Saskatchewan, grew up in the
Vancouverís Chinatown, and now lives in Toronto where he writes full time.
The Bone Collectorís Son is a historical fiction book with a few
little thriller-chiller tidbits thrown in. It is a 175-page paperback, and I
would recommend it for kids in grades four to nine. This book is educational
and interesting at the same time!
The Bone Collectorís Son is sad, scary, intriguing, and strange! Itís
a good book to read while youíre on a road trip or bored, but maybe not so
good for a late-night babysitting job! The start is explanatory and the end
is complete and satisfying. Throughout the book there are many mysteries and
missions for the characters to solve. It is neither too short nor too long.
Serious one moment, spine tingling the next, this book keeps you thinking
and wondering the whole way through. Historical fiction is not what I would
normally read, but it was interesting, and well written, and one you want to
keep reading once youíve started. That is why I give this book four stars.