Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

Elizabeth Foreman Lewis; illustrations by William Low

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

A classic Newbery Award winner, with an introduction by Katherine Paterson and new illustrations

When Young Fu arrives with his mother in bustling 1920s Chungking, all he has seen of the world is the rural farming village where he has grown up. He knows nothing of city life. But the city, with its wonders and dangers, fascinates the thirteen-year-old boy, and he sets out to make the best of what it has to offer him.
First published in 1932, Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze was one of the earliest Newbery Medal winners. Although China has changed since that time, Young Fu's experiences, like making friends, are timeless.


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YOUNG FU OF THE UPPER YANGTZE by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis
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A City Set upon a Hill
Young Fu stood on the narrow curbing before Dai's two-storied tenement in Chair-Makers' Way, Chungking, and stared about him. In the doorway, Fu Be Be, his mother, directed load-coolies in placing the household goods which she had brought from home, and anxiously examined each article as it passed before her. A day of clattering over country roads, followed by two on the crowded freight boat, had been difficult indeed for her, but the furniture looked no worse for wear than


Praise for Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

“It is a story full of adventure that I believe you will enjoy as much as I did. Young Fu won the Newbery Medal, not only because it was historically and culturally accurate, but because it was and is a really good read.”—Katherine Paterson, Newbery Award-winning author of Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved

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  • Elizabeth Foreman Lewis; illustrations by William Low

  • Elizabeth Foreman Lewis (d. 1958) went to China in 1917 where she studied the Chinese language and history, and held teaching posts in Shanghai, Chungking, and Nanking.   was her first book.
    William Low is the author and illustrator of Chinatown and Old Penn Station, as well as a four-time Silver Medal winner at the Society of Illustrators.
  • William Low
    William Low


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Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

Elizabeth Foreman Lewis; illustrations by William Low

Newbery Medal Winner