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Sea Glass by Laurence Yep
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Comments for Sea Glass

Sea GlassSea Glass: 10/01/08

Over the summer I read a pair of novels by Laurence Yep: Child of the Owl and Sea Glass. Both deal with the Asian-American experience from the point of view of second generation children.

Craig Chin was happy living in San Francisco's China town. Now that his family has moved to Conception, California he's having a hard time fitting in. His father thinks sports are the way for him to prove himself to the other kids but he's just not good enough or interested enough. Chin finds an unlikely mentor with Uncle Quail who has a sea shack.

Although I enjoyed the scenes with Uncle Quail, the scenes between Craig and his father seemed forced. The narrative gets hung up on the endless scenes of Craig failing at yet another athletic endeavor. The heart of the story: Craig's swim lessons at the cove and his awkward truce with the bohemian bully come too late in the novel to make as compelling a story as Child of the Owl.

Read another review at Shadow Magic.

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