(1948- ) US writer, most of whose books have been juveniles, including some sf and the highly successful Dragonwings (1975), a nonfantasy story about Chinese-Americans. Child of the Owl (1977) and several other mainstream novels are also about the Chinese experience in the USA. A fantasy series, the Shimmer and Thorn sequence – Dragon of the Lost Sea (1982), Dragon Steel (1985), Dragon Cauldron (1991) and Dragon War (1992) – deals engagingly with the magical adventures of a Shapeshifting dragon called Shimmer and an orphan boy called Thorn. The narratives are much enlivened by elements drawn from Chinese lore and legend. The Rainbow People (coll 1989) and Tongues of Jade (coll 1991) assemble juvenile stories rewritten from Chinese-US Folktales. [JC/DP]
other works: The Curse of the Squirrel (1987); The Shell Woman and the King: A Chinese Folktale (1993 chap); The Junior Thunder Lord (1993 chap); Butterfly Boy (1993 chap); The Man who Tricked a Ghost (1993 chap); Tiger Woman (1994 chap); The Boy who Swallowed Snakes (coll 1994); The Ghost Fox (1994 chap), all for young children.
Laurence Michael Yep