The Golden Rat

The Golden Rat Since the death of his mother Baoliu has grown apart from his family and is bitterly resentful of his father s new wife who wears his mother s clothing and even her jewelry One night Baoliu s stepm

  • Title: The Golden Rat
  • Author: Don L. Wulffson
  • ISBN: 9781599900001
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Since the death of his mother, Baoliu has grown apart from his family and is bitterly resentful of his father s new wife, who wears his mother s clothing and even her jewelry One night, Baoliu s stepmother is attacked and murdered The most obvious suspect, Baoliu is tried for the crime, convicted, and sentenced to death by beheading.With no one on his side, how will BaolSince the death of his mother, Baoliu has grown apart from his family and is bitterly resentful of his father s new wife, who wears his mother s clothing and even her jewelry One night, Baoliu s stepmother is attacked and murdered The most obvious suspect, Baoliu is tried for the crime, convicted, and sentenced to death by beheading.With no one on his side, how will Baoliu prove his innocence How will he avoid his violent and horrid fate Who, if anybody, will help him And if the murderer wasn t Baoliu, then who was it Filled with unexpected plot twists, The Golden Rat is a totally engrossing, enormously entertaining murder mystery that also poses thought provoking questions about how we are judged for our mistakes large and small by our families and the societies in which we live.

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    1. Reviewed by Grandma Bev for TeensReadTooWhen sixteen-year-old Bailou's mother died he was devastated, but when his father takes a new wife who wears his mother's jewelry, it's just too much. Bailou is the second son, and in twelfth-century China, second sons are not very important in the household. And then one night, his step-mother is murdered, and the jewelry stolen. Everyone is sure that Bailou is the murderer and thief. To his horror, Bailou is convicted in court of killing his step-mother [...]

    2. I loved it, it was very interesting how the author didnt mention anything about what the characters look like at the beginning of the story. Very rare for authors to do that now a days. This book is one of my favorites is because it has the hint of someones life in it, as i read, i felt the same suffering as Baoliu did. Last of all, its quite hard to see the great details of a story that took up in the past especially during this books time.

    3. Another YA novel; so sue me, I like them. This one was quite well done – the protagonist is a rebellious teen such as many a reader would identify with, whose snarly attitude begets much worse consequences than anybody would expect. I liked the ancient Chinese setting, the characters, the pace of the story. The tieup at the end was perhaps a little too neat, but, hey. Good stuff.

    4. I picked up this book because the author, Don Wulffson, was my creative writing teacher in High School. Wulf was a great teacher. I wanted to see if his writing was good. I liked the book. I think it is geared for middle school kids, rather than the older YA's he taught all those years ago. Interesting details and a good story.

    5. This was a good book set in ancient china. It had a lot of twists and a lot of characters. There were also some great cliffhangers and the time the characters came in was good. Since there were so many main people that could have played a bigger role in the story there should have been more intros for them. It starts off pretty slow but I couldn't stop reading towards the end.

    6. I found this short novel about 12th century China fascinating. It gives a quick but descriptive picture of life at various strata of society, and has an intriguing plot.

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