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Orca Immigration and Refugees through May 2023

Learning to Fly
By (author): Paul Yee
Paul Yee


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Young Adult : Age (years) 12, Grade (CAN) 8 - 12, Grade (US) 8 - 12, Reading age 12
Oct 01, 2008
$9.95 CAD


7in x 4.25 x 0.25 in | 80 gr

Page Count:

136 pages
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism
North America
jC813/.54 22
  • Short Description
Sixteen-year-old Jason is a recent immigrant from China living in a close-minded town. Holding on to his friendship with a Native boy, also an outsider, Jason finds he needs to fight to belong and to find a new home.
Jason will try almost anything to fit in.

Jason is an outsider. A recent immigrant from China, he lives in a close-minded town with his mother and younger brother. Falling in with the wrong crowd, trying to fit in, Jason takes chances and ends up in trouble with the police. Holding on to his friendship with an Indigenous boy, also an outsider, Jason finds he needs to fight to belong and to find a new home.

Paul Yee is one of Canada's finest writers for children. He was raised in Vancouver and has worked in the archives at the Vancouver Museum. He won the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature for Ghost Train. He now lives in Toronto.

"Yee's slim novel packs in a lot." - Booklist

"While maintaining young readers' interest in the plot, Yee's novel will also help them to develop and gain confidence in their reading skills." - CM Magazine

"Reluctant readers will be drawn to this book because of the content and its length." - VOYA

"Highly recommended." - Cynthia Cruz, Tucson Unified School District

"[Yee's] characters and their life struggles ring true and are likely to connect well with teen readers. Written in a fast-paced, easy-to-read style, this book should be successful with reluctant readers." - TeensReadToo.com

"This is a tale about the effects of prejudice and the redeeming power of friendship...A very good selection for reluctant readers in high school who need high interest books." - Tri State Young Adult Book Review Committee

"Engage[s] the reader...This book will be useful in cultural diversity classes or for students who are having a hard time finding their place in school...Recommended." - Library Media Connection

"Fast-paced, easy-to-read drama." - The Horn Book Guide

"There's a lot to think about in this small book. It might even be a book read to the end by kids who don't like to read." - Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media

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