Ghost Train

Paul Yee

Description & Details

The story of a young Chinese girl who arrives in North America only to discover that her father has died building the railway.

This powerful, unforgettable and multi-award-winning tale is based on the lives of the Chinese who settled on the west coast of North America in the early 1900s.

Left behind in China by her father, who has gone to North America to find work, Choon-Yi has made her living by selling her paintings in the market. When her father writes one day and asks her to join him, she joyously sets off, only to discover that he has been killed.

Choon-Yi sees the giant train engines that her father died for, and she tries to paint them. But it takes a trip on a train and mysterious encounters in the middle of the night to make her art come alive. Ghostly, magical and yet redeeming, this tale is superbly illustrated by Harvey Chan.


  • Author: Paul Yee, Illustrator: Harvey Chan
  • Ages: 6-10
  • Pages: 32 pages