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Year of the Golden Dragon

by B.L. Bonita Sauder

Year of the Golden Dragon

A modern day adventure that takes place in China where a sixteen-year-old Chinese girl and two visiting brothers are forced to accept a task that was set for them two thousand years ago.

Hong Mei and her single mother have had to move from town to town in modern China – as soon as townsfolk get suspicious that her mother's magical healing powers are, in fact, truly magical, they move on, usually in the middle of the night. But Hong Mei has started getting emails from someone named Madam Ching, who claims to have information on her long-missing father.

Ryan and Alex are Chinese-Canadian brothers who have lived with their aunt and uncle since their parents died in a mysterious fire. They are just going to visit relatives in Hong Kong as far as they know, just as the New Year's celebrations begin for the Chinese Year of the Golden Dragon.

What they are about to discover, as they magically connect with Hong Mei, is that there is a link between the fire that killed their parents and Madam Ching, between the ancient jade pendants they all wear and the Chinese myth of the Black Dragon. And why all these strange things start happening on the eve of the Year of the Golden Dragon.

East and West, ancient and modern, the mystical and practical, all collide as the trio races against time from Hong Kong to Beijing and finally to the famous Imperial tomb of Xian, where they meet their fate and discover what they are truly made of.



7.5" x 5.25" 248 pages
$9.95 CDN; $9.95 USD
E-Book Price
Juvenile Novel Tradepaper 11+
B.L. Bonita Sauder
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About the Author

Born in Grande Prairie, the author has lived all over the world. She has a Master of Education from Cape Town University and currently resides in Bangkok, Thailand with her husband and 2 children.
Year of the Golden Dragon is her first book publication.
The story behind the story:
"Monkey King", or known to the Chinese as "Journey to West", written by Wu Ch'eng-en(1500?-1582), a scholar-official, is one of the renowned classical Chinese novels about an allegorical rendition of the journey, mingled with Chinese fables, fairy tables, legends, superstitions, popular beliefs, monster stories as well as whatever the author could find in the Taoist and Buddhist religions. It was based on a true story of a famous Chinese monk, Xuan Zang (602-664). After years of trials and tribulations, he travelled on foot to what is today India, the birthplace of Buddhism, to seek for the Sutra, the Buddhist holy book. When he returned to China ,or the Great Tang as was called that time, he started to translate the sutras into Chinese, thus making a great contribution to the development of Buddhism in China.
This inspired Bonnie to write a modern equivalent of this classic tale.


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