Outrun the Moon

Outrun the Moon

Book - 2016
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Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from poverty in Chinatown, and she gains admittance to a prestigious finishing school through a mix of cunning and bribery. She soon discovers that getting in was the easiest part, and must carve a niche among the spoiled heiresses. When the earthquake strikes on April 18, Mercy and her classmates are forced to a survivor encampment, but her quick-witted leadership rallies them to help in the tragedy's aftermath.
Publisher: New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2016]
ISBN: 9780399175411
0399175415
Branch Call Number: Teen Lee
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 22 cm

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AL_CATHERINE Feb 11, 2017

I loved Mercy Wong so much! She is someone I admire and would love to be friends with. Emily Woo Zeller's narration does a fantastic job of capturing the spirit and determination of Mercy as she not only survives but thrives in the face of the terrible disaster that was the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

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julia_sedai
Sep 17, 2016

I really enjoyed this book and read it in one day. Mercy is a great character - spunky, smart, and funny. Stacey Lee writes in this historical fiction about a Chinese girl living in San Francisco in the early 1900s. She ends up going to a prestigious school for girls and making new friends, and then has to deal with a huge tragedy - the great earthquake of 1906. I found that there were almost too many characters in the book, though, although each one of them was interesting. I recommend this for anyone who likes historical fiction and wants to learn more about a different culture.

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shayshortt
Jul 20, 2016

Once Mercy is at St. Clare’s, the novel focuses on the relationships she is developing with the other girls at the school, particularly Francesca, an Italian-American girl who faces her own teasing about her heritage. When Mr. du Lac proves to be a flaky business partner in their Chinatown venture, Mercy reluctantly allies with his prickly daughter Elodie in order to hold up her end of the bargain. The two girls are never precisely friends, but the evolution of their relationship over the course of the novel is a pleasure to watch. Like Lee’s first novel, Under a Painted Sky, Outrun the Moon is most notable for the attention given the relationships between the diverse girls.

Packed with adventure, strong female characters, and inspiring friendships, Stacey Lee’s Outrun the Moon explores a time and place often overlooked in young adult fiction. If you love powerful, diverse stories about the past, this is the book for you.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/outrunthemoon_lee

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Jul 20, 2016

Mercy Wong is the ambitious daughter of a hard-working Chinese-American launderer and a famous fortune teller, trapped in San Francisco’s Chinatown with little hope of advancement now that she has finished all the available grades at the Oriental Public School. Never one to back down easily, Mercy contrives a plan to get herself a scholarship to St. Clare’s School for Girls, one of the best private institutions in the city. But getting into the school is only half the battle, and when a historic earthquake strikes San Francisco in April 1906, all of Mercy’s plans are thrown aside, as she and her classmates struggle to survive in a city that is torn apart and burning.

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Jul 20, 2016

“The closer I am to someone’s grief, the closer I feel to my own. And that is a place with no doors and no windows. No escape at all.”

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