Yong: the journey of an unworthy son

Yong: the journey of an unworthy son

Thirteen-year-old Yong resents leaving his home in China to travel with his father to the goldfields in Ballarat, Australia. The arduous journey is full of adventure, danger and despair. Does Yong have the courage to face what lies ahead?

Published, 2016. Walker Books.

YONG by Monkeybaa Theatre

YONG, the play adapted from this novel, by Monkeybaa Theatre, will not only have a season from June 19 – 24th, 2023, in the Sydney Opera House, but the play has also just won Best Children’s Production at the Sydney Theatre Awards.


Notable Award (Children’s Book Council of Australia 2017 awards.)

Shortlisted (Speech pathology of Australia Book Awards 2017)

Shortlisted (Educational Publishers Award 2017)


'Beautifully written, with short chapters and a plot laced with danger and daring, this has strong links to the curriculum. . . .Highly recommended for readers aged around 10 years upwards' Sue Warren (losangzopa.wordpress.com)

'We feel compassion for Yong and his countrymen who endured hardship, prejudice, racism and misunderstanding . . . Engaging, well-written and deserving a place in every school library' Grace Nolan (Reading Time)

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