The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball

The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball Despite his impulsive and curious nature twelve year old Leon is determined to follow the Emperor s rules to live with an American family study hard and return home to modernize China But he also m

  • Title: The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball
  • Author: Dori Jones Yang
  • ISBN: 9781943006328
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Paperback
  • Despite his impulsive and curious nature, twelve year old Leon is determined to follow the Emperor s rules to live with an American family, study hard, and return home to modernize China But he also must keep the braid that shows his loyalty and resist such forbidden American temptations as baseball As Leon overcomes teasing and makes friends, his elder brother becomesDespite his impulsive and curious nature, twelve year old Leon is determined to follow the Emperor s rules to live with an American family, study hard, and return home to modernize China But he also must keep the braid that shows his loyalty and resist such forbidden American temptations as baseball As Leon overcomes teasing and makes friends, his elder brother becomes increasingly alienated and disturbed Eventually, Leon faces a tough decision, torn between his loyalty to his birth country and his growing love for his new home The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball is a lively, poignant, and nuanced novel based on a little known episode from history, when 120 boys were sent to New England by the Emperor of China in the 1870s This story dramatizes both the rigid expectations and the wrenching alienation felt by many foreign children in America today and richly captures that tension between love and hate that is culture shock.

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    1. I read this book at the beginning of the summer, and unfortunately, my review didn't save. I can tell you I LOVED this book. I knew nothing about 120 Chinese boys who were brought to America for several years in the 1870s to modernize their education so they could return home and use their knowledge helping China (though the book is fiction, it is based on an actual event I history)The two brothers in this book have completely different responses to American culture, and I enjoyed seeing both th [...]

    2. This is a delightful, easy-to-read book that combines two of my favorite topics: accurate historical fiction and cross-cultural conflict. It is based on the true story of the Chinese Educational Mission to the United States in the 1870s in which the Chinese government sent 120 young men to live and study in America. The goal was for them to become fluent in English and use their American education to help modernize China. The author did an outstanding job of telling the story from the viewpoint [...]

    3. The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball follows two brothers, Woo Ka-Leong and Elder Brother Woo Ka-Sun, as they move from their village in Southern China to Suffield, Connecticut in 1875. They are part of a group of 120 boys that the Imperial Government of China is sending to the United States as part of the Chinese Educational Mission. Their task is to learn English, complete college degrees, and return home to help transform China to a strong, modern country.Ka-Leong (Leon) and Ka-Sun (Carson) a [...]

    4. The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball by Dori Jones Yang is an outstanding book! Although this is historical fiction based upon true, but little-known events surrounding a group of young Chinese boys who came to study in New England during the 1870s, the underlying themes are very relevant to today. Life as an immigrant is shown through the eyes of young Leong -- the difficulty of learning to speak a new language and make yourself understood, being made fun of because you look or dress differentl [...]

    5. I loved this book. I learned about US history in the 1800s as well as Chinese culture. It was such an intriguing story. I couldn't put it down.

    6. East meets West in this terrific middle-grade/YA novel about a group of "fortunate sons" sent to America in 1876 to learn the ways of the West. Based on a little-known chapter of U.S. history--the Chinese Educational Mission to the United States. You will cheer for baseball-loving "Leon" (Woo Ka-Leong).

    7. The Forbidden Temptation of Baseballby Dori Jones YangSparkPress (a BookSparks imprint)SparkPressChildren's Fiction , Multicultural InterestPub Date 15 Aug 2017 I am reviewing a copy of The Forbidden Temptation of Football through Sparkpress and Netgalley:Leon is a twelve year old boy determined to live with an American family, study hard and come back to modernize Child but Leon has a curious nature and the American past time of Baseball fascinated him.Will Leon one of 120 boys sent to New Engl [...]

    8. Moving and masterfully written. Just like Ruta Sepetys, this author makes history come alive for me. I also like the versatility of this book when it comes to audience. It can be read by young readers, teens, and adults. And it shows the truth of human friendships, they can cross cultural boundaries and bring the world closer together.

    9. Reviewed by Marten Weldon (age 12) for Reader Views (9/17)“The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball” by Dori Jones Yang is historical fiction novel about eleven-year-old Woo Ka-Leong (Leon) and his fourteen-year-old brother Ka-Son (Carson). In 1876, the Chinese brothers were part of the Chinese Educational Mission to the United States. They were sent to live with a family in Connecticut, to learn English, go to school, eventually graduate from college, and bring technology back to China.It was a [...]

    10. Absolutely fascinating! Probably 4.5 stars. The author has taken a little-known historical event and woven this novel about it. In the 1870s 120 Chinese boys between the ages of 12 and 16 were sent to American to study. First to learn English, then attend school, and eventually college, before returning home to share their new knowledge to help China advance in technology.The main characters are two brothers, Woo Ka-Leong and Woo Ka-Sun. In America they come to be called Leon and Carson. Leon is [...]

    11. I'm the author of this book and thrilled to see it published on August 15. It's about a Chinese boy who struggles to adapt to American life--and learns to love baseball. As an American who spent many years living in Asia and learning Chinese--even marrying a Chinese man and raising our Chinese American child--I love seeing what happens when two cultures meet and clash. When we read a book about a person who is different from us, we feel as though we have made a new friend. When our children spen [...]

    12. This was a well-written story about two brothers who come to the US from China in 1875 to learn English and study American culture and technology with the intent of taking that knowledge back to China. The culture shock of transitioning from the regimented, memorization-heavy, Confucianism teaching style of China to the more free-form, free play, and lifestyle of America elicits two very different responses in each of the boys. Carson, the elder brother, is miserable and critical, while Leon, hi [...]

    13. 4.5 starsThank you to Bookspark/Sparkpress for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review."He was one of the lucky ones, one of the chosen few, who would have a chance to learn about American machines and take them back home to China. If he could keep out of trouble, study hard, and pass his exams, he could unlock the magic behind this machinery."Before reading this book I had no idea about the 120 boys who came to America to get an education. I can't imagine how scared they [...]

    14. Dori Jones Yang has written a wonderful story of two Chinese boys sent to America for an education during the 1870’s. She eloquently captures the emotions of the boys as they struggle to adapt to their new family, new surroundings and new pastimes – including the joy of the sport of baseball. I enjoyed the portrayal of the host family also, as they dealt with past loss and try to move forward with compassion and love. This is historical fiction, based upon the actual events of young Chinese [...]

    15. The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball by Dori Jones Yang is an outstanding book! While this story is based upon the true, but little-known events surrounding a group of young Chinese boys who came to study in New England during the 1870s, the underlying themes are very relevant to today.The theme of, wanting to fit in with everyone else but also wanting to hold onto your own heritage is addressed extremely well in this engaging story. Although the book is supposed to be for readers 10 to 14, adul [...]

    16. Progress versus tradition, family versus identity, individuality versus oneness. These are a few of the themes discussed in this novel. I picked up this book expecting to like it, but thought it would be a baseball story. In reality, this book is about a boy who is fighting between familial expectations and his own capability. Warnings: Language-Minor Sex-NoViolence-Not too overwhelming, but yes Drugs-No

    17. A well written story of conflict between brothers and loyalty to their homeland. Dori Yang does an excellent job creating believable well-rounded characters. Her settings are written with enough depth to allow the reader to experience what the characters might be facing. The story progressed from one conflict to another always keeping the reader wondering what trouble would come next. A real page turner. Well done.

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