FOR A CANADIAN TEEN, even one like Naomi who has travelled the world, the reality of life in China comes as a harsh surprise.
This sequel to Naomi: The Strawberry Blonde of Pippu Town takes place three years later as Naomi, now 15, and her mother move to Hong Kong. Here Naomi ventures outside of the sheltered world of a tourist and meets Chen, an older Tai Chi instructor whose family was destroyed by the Cultural Revolution, and Grace, a 16-year-old girl who is pregnant and living in a shelter for orphans. Naomi herself is struggling to accept her mother’s new boyfriend and, through her Chinese friends, learns the importance of patience, trust, and honesty.
“Schreyer’s writing is fast-paced and her characters are deftly drawn…Schreyer’s book is further proof that good writing is good writing, regardless of the age group at which it’s aimed.” — Winnipeg Free Press