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Outrun the moon

Title: Outrun the moon
By: Stacey Lee

Mercy Wong lives with her family in the Chinatown section of San Francisco in 1906. Frustrated that the local Oriental Public School only goes up to the eighth grade, she makes a deal with the head of St. Clare’s School for Girls, which is open only to upper class white girls: if she can get the leaders of Chinatown to sell the man’s chocolates, she’ll be allowed to attend St. Clare’s for three months. Mercy tries hard to fit in at St. Clare’s, but she is looked down upon for being Chinese, and she is not used to being around girls who have never worked for anything. She must deal with a suspicious housemother, a mean girl who happens to be the headmaster’s daughter, and with being seen as an oddity by girls who haven’t ever spoken to a Chinese person. Then, one April morning, tragedy strikes—an earthquake has shaken San Francisco. The girls of St. Clare’s, including Mercy, end up at Golden Gate Park, which has turned into a tent city for displaced residents. When fires begin raging throughout the city, Mercy worries that her family has not survived, and becomes determined to find them. As the days pass in Golden Gate Park, Mercy becomes the girl’s de facto leader, teaching them how to survive in the real world. But as the city continues to burn, and the girls go days without word from their families, the real world is becoming a scary place. Will Mercy get news of her family before it’s too late? And what will become of San Francisco?

Outrun the Moon tells the story of an enormous tragedy that shaped California's history and how one girl might be able to survive it all.

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Posted on June 26, 2016 at 4:12 a.m.

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