Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
When Young Fu arrives in Chunking in the 1920s, he must adjust to city life quickly. He becomes an apprentice to a coppersmith, in order to learn a trade and earn enough to support his mother. His adventures include encounters with soldiers, thieves, and his own mistakes.
This book shares many similarities with A Single Shard, although it is a bit more episodic. It's a satisfying story for readers who appreciate tales about hard work leading to just rewards. The protagonist does have a clear character arc, and his mistakes and ambitions offer avenues for interesting discussions.
While the content may be appropriate for most upper elementary readers, the language and complexities of this time period in China may be challenging for some students to tackle on their own. This book is an excellent choice to study and discuss with small groups, particularly with concurrent study of Chinese traditions, or units related to the arts and apprenticeships.
"A quote from Young Fu"
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