The Emperor's Pendant
By Steve Whan
Steve Whan, a lifelong Hardy Boys fan, created the Autumn Jade mystery series so that his daughters, both adopted from China, could identify with the plucky Chinese-Canadian heroine and follow her exploits through many adventures. So far he has written and published two titles, with more to come.
Book two, The Emperorís Pendant, finds Autumn in downtown Vancouver searching for a valuable pendant with the help of her new friend, Mrs. Lee. This book begins where the first one left off, so it helps to read them in sequence.
These lighthearted mysteries will appeal to preteens and young teenagers. The shift in narration from present to past and the mention of a rape, however, call for a higher level of maturity than the cover art and subject matter suggest.
Although the plots are farfetched and the characters lack depth (and sometimes credibility), the stories are intriguing and filled with details about China, dog training, martial arts, and Vancouver. Not yet widely available, the books may be purchased online at autumnjade.com or by mail order from Autumn Jade Publishing, 2730 Crescentview Dr., North Vancouver, B.C. V7R 2V1, Canada.
Reviewed by Susan McCaffrey, a high school media specialist and mother of two children adopted from Korea.
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