Ages: 12 to 15
Set in the 1880s in southern China and the rugged mountains of British Columbia, Li Jun and the Iron Road follows a feisty homeless teenager nicknamed Little Tiger, who works in a Hong Kong fireworks factory and yearns to sail across the ocean to Gold Mountain to find her father and fulfill her dying mother’s wish. Little Tiger disguises herself as a boy, saves the life of James, the son of the railway tycoon, and is hired onto the explosives crew building the Canadian railway. Defying all the rules, she falls in love with James. Now she must decide: should she reveal her true identity? And if she does, can they make a life together?