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The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman

The Fire Horse Girl (edition 2013)

by Kay Honeyman

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Title:The Fire Horse Girl
Authors:Kay Honeyman
Info:Arthur A. Levine Books (2013), Hardcover, 336 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:read in 2012, ARC, historical fiction, san francisco, california, chinese, immigrant, ya, ana

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The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman



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Excellent book with lots of action and strong female character. ( )
  WarriorLibrary | May 28, 2014 |
Inoffensive but bland. Two and a half stars ( )
  suziannabean | Apr 2, 2013 |
Wow. I read this book straight through for 6 hours. It was so packed with emotions and actions and wisdom, and was so compelling that I just couldn't put it down.

Being a horse myself and Chinese descent, I relate to Jade Moon, ALOT. I too, have overactive dreams and is stubborn as hell. What she did was indeed very bold and brave. Its really too bad that she's not a real person! >_ ( )
  AceArtemis7 | Apr 1, 2013 |
finding your own story!

‘Year of the Fire Horse’ persons demonstrate the worst features of horses—their temper, stubbornness and selfishness. Jade moon is born under the sign of the Fire Horse. Her personality apparently aligns with her zodiac sign. Jade Moon’s story is told in a strong voice chronicling the arrival of a Chinese young woman’s journey and life to San Francisco in the early 1920’s.
Conditions at Angel Island, San Francisco’s Chinatown, the influence of the tongs, prostitution and slavery, and gambling are part of this engrossing story.
The fight that ordinary people faced in the extraordinary situation of being an immigrant, particularly Chinese, in the 1920's is insightful.
This is a novel of hope for a girl who was a challenge to herself, and to those around her, and how the astrological aspects that she was burdened with became her greatest virtues.
‘I hope you will find your own story’ Nushi says to Jade Moon as she leaves her village in China.
The story brings with it an underlying commentary on the historically place of women within the Chinese family, historical US Immigration policies and the treatment of aliens and social attitudes towards those who are different.
An excellent read.

A NetGalley ARC ( )
  eyes.2c | Mar 31, 2013 |
The theme that persistence is required for seeking your dreams of freedom, as the flip side of stubbornness is disobedience, was done well, so gave it 3 stars instead of the contemplated 2. The Fire Horse Girl has a very slow wind up to the pitch, and the finish is rushed. ( )
  KClaire | Mar 22, 2013 |
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When Jade Moon, born in the unlucky year of the Fire Horse, and her father immigrate to America in 1923 and are detained at Angel Island Immigration Station, Jade Moon is determined to find a way through and prove that she is not cursed.

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