Jacket description:"Maggie Chen was born with ink in her blood. Her journalist father has fired her imagination with the thrill of the newsroom, and she is eager to start her summer internship at the Heralf. But before Maggie can even begin, her father is killed in a hit-and-run accident. Despite her grief, she's determined to honor him by following in his footsteps at the newspaper.
When Maggie's research for her first story reveals illegal activity that may be linked to her father, she knows she must clear his name. Drawn to Seattle's Chinatown, she discovers far more than she expects: secrets, lies, and a connection to the Chine Exclusion Era. Using all of Maggie must confront everything she's always assumed about herself and her father-and each new discovery reveals more about her ethnicity, her father's hidden life, and a family she never knew."
Every once in awhile, we all need a good mystery, teens included. Not a fantasy filled with angels, werewolves, or vampires, or something supernatural, I mean a good, old-fashioned, sleuth mystery...and Jeanette Ingold's novel completely delivers.
Maggie is a great main character, realistic in the manner that she deals with her grief, yet wants to try to get on with her life at the same time. She's great at figuring out clues and when she starts getting in deeper than planned, she becomes a little afraid...completely understandable and believable.
Readers will learn something from the story as well, as it's filled with rich information about "paper" daughters and sons from China. It's incredibly interesting and written in an appealing format that is not at all dry or technical. Just a great, straightforward mystery with a lot of cool information woven in.
I will definitely be seeking out more from Ingold in the future. I really enjoyed her simplistic writing style and the realism that poured off the pages. Very impressive!
Overall rating: 4 out of 5
Young Adult Fiction
Review copy received from publisher
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