In this book, the reader meets a boy named Bubba, who thinks he can dig a hole to China. With the help of a magic shovel, Bubba and his sister, Squirt, who is initially skeptical about the plan, find themselves in Xi'an China. The first person they meet is Tou wan, a girl who helps them on their journey. They must find a pendant that belongs to the first emporor of China. Adventures, problems, and even ghosts abound.
I like this story for its adventure and mystery. There are Chinese words in the book, and a pronunciation guide is in the glossary. This is a fun book for someone who wants to learn about China. I liked learning about the terracotta warriors and how they were built a long time ago to guard the first emporor's tomb. I would like to see more books like this that include the tone markings when pinyin is used in a Chinese word or name. Sherry Ellis is a good author for kids, and I look forward to reading more books written by her.