What Americans Don't Get . . . about China

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Excitement builds for Dori Jones Yang's new middle-grade novel - due August 15, 2017

Forbidden Temptation cover.jpgTwelve-year-old Leon struggles to balance the Emperor’s requirements—that he study English and keep the braid down his back—with his increasing love for all things American, especially the forbidden pleasures of baseball.

The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball is a lively, nuanced novel based on the real-life experiences of 120 boys sent to America by the Emperor of China in the 1870s, expected to live with American families, get into college, learn technology, and return home to modernize China.

Written for readers aged 10 to 14, this book highlights the challenges faced by children from other countries when they arrive in America. It is based on a little known story of U.S.-China relations and presents a very different perspective on the Chinese experience in the United States: not of laborers but of students.

For more on The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball, including early reader reviews, click here. To pre-order the book through Amazon, click here. This book will be available August 15, 2017, in bookstores and libraries nationwide, published by SparkPress and distributed by Ingram Publisher Services. 

Published in twelve languages, Dori Jones Yang has written, co-authored, compiled, and translated a wide variety of books, including historical fiction, biographies, oral histories, and children’s books. A former foreign correspondent based in Hong Kong, Dori is fluent in Mandarin and has specialized in books relating to China.

Dori's most widely read book, Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time, reached several best-seller lists and was translated into ten languages. Daughter of Xanadu is a historical adventure and romance about Marco Polo. Her first children's book, The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang, won two awards.

 To find out about Dori's published books, click on the Books page. For a complete list of books she brought to life, click here.