A dramatic, sweeping love story set during World War II in Melbourne and Shanghai, inspired by a true story. Mirabel, a 17-year-old Australian-born Chinese girl, falls in love with a handsome Chinese soldier stationed in Melbourne. When their affair is discovered, and JJ is posted back to China, Mirabel decides to follow him to Shanghai. But China is in the throes of civil war and the Communist army is advancing...Will Mirabel find JJ before it's too late?
About the Author
Gabrielle Wang's novel The Garden of Empress Cassia won the 2002 Aurealis Award, was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards and was a CBC Notable Book. The Pearl of Tiger Bay was shortlisted for the 2004 Aurealis Award, and The Lion Drummer was named a Notable Book in the 2009 CBC Book of the Year Awards. A Ghost in My Suitcase was released in 2009.
This was a wonderful book for young teens and older (including adults). Based on the author's own family history, it is a well written and interesting story about a young Chinese Australian woman who falls in love with a Chinese soldier stationed in Australia during World War 2. When he returns to China, she follows him, experiencing the impact of the civil war in China with the approach of the communist rule.
Well written and interesting, this book has me looking for other stories by this author for my children (and myself) to read.
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