Betty G. Yee
In 1867, fifteen year old Tam Ling Fan disguises herself as a boy and journeys from China to America to work on the transcontinental railroad. She vows to earn the money so desperately needed to save her father, but encounters far more danger than she ever anticipated. How far will she go to achieve her goal?
Publisher: Lerner Publishing/Carolrhoda Lab
Publication Date: April 5, 2022
“Ling Fan felt like my indomitable best friend—I was rooting for her as she faced impossible stakes and truly terrifying villainy. I loved this book!" --Karen Bao, author of The Dove Chronicles
"Gold Mountain is the unforgettable tale of Tam Ling Fan: a story of strength, courage, and resilience that not only brings the past to vivid, complex life, but has much to say about the present. Set within the perilous world of nineteenth-century Chinese sojourners building the Transcontinental Railroad, Ling Fan's journey is thrilling, engrossing, and moving. I couldn't put it down."
-KATE RACULLIA, AUTHOR OF TUESDAY MOONEY TALKS TO GHOSTS
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Betty G. Yee was born and raised in Massachusetts. She spent much of her early life reimagining her favorite stories or writing sequels to them. Betty has been an elementary school teacher for over twenty years.
When she's not teaching or writing, she enjoys traveling, bike riding, eating french fries and immersing herself in the words and worlds of other writers. She lives with her two bossy cats, Zara and Piper.
Her stories can be found in The Drum Literary Magazine, Hunger Mountain, Frost Fire Worlds, and RAZ Kids. She is the recipient of SCBWI's 2011 Multi-Cultural Works-In-Progress Grant. Gold Mountain is her first novel.
Betty is represented by Emily S. Keyes of Fuse Literary.
Tags: YA, Historical Fiction, BIPOC