Breakaway (1994)


Kwok-ken Wong is a good student and a great soccer player. So even though he comes from a poor farming family that has to struggle to make ends meet, his future should be bright.

But in Depression-ridden Vancouver in the 1930s, racism has a strong grip. Can a young Chinese man, no matter how gifted, make a good life for himself?

Selected Excerpts from Reviews

"...an honest and unsettling novel..."
"...uses a historical setting to write about contemporary themes of acceptance, racism, and the struggle of an adolescent to create his own identity."
--The Horn Book, 1997

"...a powerful, disturbing novel for young adults..."
--London Free Press, 1994

"...a well-written novel with staying power. ...will appeal to readers for its sports and family aspects."
"...presents examples of the stupidity, violence, and ugliness associated with culture clash..."
--Quill & Quire

"...settings are filled with the sounds and smells of seedy Vancouver restaurants contrasted with the open spaces of British Columbia's verdant farmland. Dialogue rings true as the hero faces his own outer and inner demons."
--Ottawa Citizen, 1994

"...cleanly written and should appeal to a wide segment of young readers who will be able to relate to a number of its themes: soccer, historical fiction, racism and morality, and coming of age."
--Victoria Times-Colonist, 1994

 
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