White Jade Tiger – Julie Lawson

Jasmine Steele is a headstrong teenager living north of Victoria, B.C. with her mother and father when her life is changed completely by the death of her mother.  As she deals with her grief, she is swept up in the mystery of the white jade tiger.  A compelling dream and some magical clothing send her back in time to solve the mystery and remove the curse on her family.

 Julie Lawson weaves together the story of Chinese immigration in B.C., the building of the railroad and the story of this teenaged girl into a spell-binding adventure.  Thematic links – history of Canada, Chinese-Canadians, building of the railroad, racism, adventure, change, friendship.

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11 responses to “White Jade Tiger – Julie Lawson

  1. Debbie Pushor

    I like the way Lawson uses the fantastical element of time travel to lead the reader to an historical period. This is a rich literary element of this historical fiction novel. “White Jade Tiger” creates great opportunities to explore with students the injustices around the treatment of Chinese immigrants during the period in which the railway was being built. It opens conversations about racism and holds us accountable as Canadians to look deeply at our own history.

  2. k

    I like the way Lawson uses the fantastical element of time travel to lead the reader to an historical period. This is a rich literary element of this historical fiction novel. “White Jade Tiger” creates great opportunities to explore with students the injustices around the treatment of Chinese immigrants during the period in which the railway was being built. It opens conversations about racism and holds us accountable as Canadians to look deeply at our own history.

  3. Yuseong

    we are reading the book in our class. and I liked the book very much. and that`s why I did good job on the white jade tiger project.

  4. Boeingdude777

    The book is so good!

    • Young Boeingdude, I highly recommend changing the information on the end of your About You page on your blog. As a minor, it is not advisable to have your full name, address and school listed in such a public manner along with your picture. Thanks for dropping by White Jade Tiger is fantastic, if you are looking for other similar books, At the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is also excellent, although it may be a little adult yet, somehow I doubt it.

  5. lariane

    we have been reading this book at school and did so much work and writing drawing and doing projects about it AND IT SUCKS WHY DID U EVEN MAKE THIS BOOK

  6. On the toilet

    its good…

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