Stacey Lee has created yet another amazing cast of characters! Mercy Wong is a strong, independent young woman who loves her family and takes charge when necessary. San Francisco is more of a character than a setting and you can feel Stacey's love for it in the writing, which is beautiful and descriptive. I knew the second I started reading that I would love this book. I instantly sank into this great story, knowing it would take me along for a great ride!
— Hannah, NYMBC
From the author of the critically acclaimed Under a Painted Sky, an unforgettable story of determination set against a backdrop of devastating tragedy. Perfect for fans of Code Name Verity.
Winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Young AdultWinner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature
Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty of Chinatown, San Francisco in 1906, and an education at St. Clare's School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare's is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong--until disaster strikes.
On April 18, a historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy's home and school. Now she's forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Though fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, Mercy can't sit by while they wait for the army to bring help--she still has the "bossy" cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenage girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?