Gillian Chan
An Ocean Apart: The Gold Mountain Diary of Chin Mei-Ling (Dear Canada series)


An Ocean Apart by Gillian ChanMei-ling lives with her father in Vancouver, but her mother and baby brother are still in China. Mei-ling works after school and her father holds down several jobs in a frantic effort to come up with the head tax that will allow her mother and brother to come to Canada. They must have that money before the Exclusion Act bars any more Chinese from immigrating. Mei-ling cannot stop worrying—what will happen if they are unable to come up with the money to reunite their family?

Praise for Gillian Chan’s An Ocean Apart:

Hamilton Arts Award for Best Children’s Book of the Year

An Ocean Apart gives easy first entry into this part of Canada’s past. Mei’s school troubles, friendships and longing for her mother invite modern readers to identify with her.” —Toronto Star

“This exceptional book will be enjoyed by many readers as it offers a perceptive glimpse into the past through the experiences and thoughts of a remarkable young heroine.” —CM Magazine

Page extent: 217 pages
Setting: Vancouver, British Columbia; China
Period: 1922

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  Gillian Chan trained as an English and Drama teacher. She has written seven books and has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, Mr. Christie’s Book Award as well as many other national and international awards for young readers, and is the winner of the OSLA White Pine Award as well as the Nautilus award for the best young adult book. Gillian Chan’s website can be found at