A gripping ghost story—fast-paced and riveting.


Thirteen-year-old Bing-wing Chan must conquer his fear of ghosts as his father?s gambling debts force him to dig for human bones in a graveyard and then to work as a houseboy in a haunted house. Set in Vancouver’s Chinatown The Bone Collector’s Son is a moving study of the struggle of Chinese immigrants and racism at the turn of the century.


  • Joint winner, Resource Links Best of 2004 2004
  • Short-listed, City of Vancouver Book Award 2004
  • Short-listed, BCLA stellar Award 2006


“This is a book that shows the imaginative power of fiction. It demonstrates that empathy across time and cultures is possible.”

- The Georgia Straight

“A great read-aloud, either at home or in the classroom.”

- Toronto Star, starred review

“Yee skillfully contrasts the supernatural with brutal, racial prejudice and the haunted, unsettled yearning of immigrants longing for roots.”

- Booklist

“The story also offers young readers a glimpse into the racism and tough conditions faced by Chinese immigrants at the turn of the century.”

- Kirkus Reviews