Shinn, Sharon

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
While passing through the Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, a Chinese American teenager is transported to a parallel world where she is given a dangerous assignment.

Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Viking, 2009
ISBN: 0670011789
Branch Call Number: y SHINN 2009
Characteristics: 280 p. ;,22 cm


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Dec 12, 2012
  • pinkxgurl rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The Wizard of Oz meets The Matrix with a hint of Chronicles of Narnia. The Chinese terms were a bit distracting, but otherwise a good story:

Jul 18, 2011
  • akleung rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I thought this book was average because 3/4 of the book's plots were already told in the beginning, and a lot of things were expected. I also didn't like the characters, I felt like the author had to include White and Black people so more people would read it, but I found it a little offensive how she didn't know the language or how she was so ignorant about her Asian heritage. And I didn't get why they called the Black people "heiren" and White people "cangbai" instead of "bairen" (which would match more with "heiren"). But I did like the ending, a lot.

Mar 04, 2011

Borrowed Jan, 06, 2011

Jul 10, 2010
  • E_Kazan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book! It is so sweet and something different for a change.

Jun 28, 2010
  • serasonho rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This was a good book, I like this author better in YA, but there were a few times where I wanted to smack different characters and the author. The premise is definitely interesting though.

Dec 22, 2009
  • TamaraTracy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was an interesting book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.


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Jul 18, 2011
  • akleung rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

akleung thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 22


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Jul 18, 2011
  • akleung rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Daiyu looked over the assortment of jewelry at the old woman's booth and didn't see anything she liked. She'd spent nearly an hour wandering outdoors around the Arch grounds, investigating the stalls being set up for Fair Saint Louis, and she'd been so surprised to see a jewelry vendor among the food booths that she'd stopped to look over the merchandise. But now she wished she hadn't. The necklaces were cheap, the summer heat was overwhelming, and in a minute she was going to be late getting back from lunch.


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