Gold award winner: Dori Jones Yang's new middle-grade novel
On August 10, 2018, Washington Center for the Book announced that this book was chosen as a finalist for the 2018 Washington State Book Award. Category: Books for Middle Grade Readers.
In January, it won the 2017 Freeman Award for the Young Adult/High School literature about East and Southeast Asia, a prestigious new award. For a complete, up-to-date list of awards, see Awards page.
This book is written for young readers but thoroughly enjoyable to readers of all ages - including you! Please check with your local bookstore or order on amazon.com. Eager to see your reviews!
Published by SparkPress on August 15, 2017, this book is available in bookstores and libraries nationwide, distributed by Ingram Publisher Services. It's great to support your local independent bookstore! You can find one through Indiebound. The book is also available in paperback through SparkPress (please support my publisher!) and in e-book through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
The story: Twelve-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.
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.