Now the author of a wide canon of works dedicated to capturing the Asian experience in America, Yep's diverse body of literature includes several young adult series—among them, the "Chinatown Mystery" series and the ongoing "Tiger's Apprentice" series—as well as several novels intended for adults.
The story centers on a normal boy, Tom, who gets drawn into this world against his wishes when his eccentric grandmother who he lives with in San Francisco's Chinatown turns out to be the guardian of the phoenix egg. When his grandmother perishes in battle and is spirited away in a ghost cart, Tom must apprentice with an unlikely mentor - a tiger, Mr. Hu - to learn ancient magic and become the egg's new protector. They team with an unlikely band of exotic creatures, each representing a different sign of the Chinese zodiac, who can morph into human form while retaining their innate animal characteristics.
Based on Tiger’s Apprentice (young adult novel series) by Laurence Yep.