Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Outrun the Moon

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that focuses on the yet-to-be released books we're waiting for. It's hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm talking about a beautiful sounding (and beautifully covered) historical fiction story set in 1906 Chinatown/San Francisco.

Title: Outrun the Moon
Author: Stacey Lee
Genre: YA Historical
Publication Date: May 24, 2016

Goodreads summary:

San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.

On April 18, an historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Mercy can't sit by while they wait for the Army to bring help. Fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, yet Mercy still has the 'bossy' cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenaged girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?

Why I'm Waiting:

This story captured me with its Asian-American roots. I love the cultures of Asia and have fallen in love with so many transition stories (A Step from Heaven and American Born Chinese are among my favorite books of all time). Pair that with the historical twist and I'm sold!

What books are you waiting on?

You can pre-order Outrun the Moon on Amazon: Hardcover and digital copy

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