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Dragonwings Paperback – January 23, 2001
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(Starred review) -- ALA Booklist
"A Chinese immigrant and his son build a flying machine in an unusual historical novel, unique in its perspective of the Chinese in America and its portrayal of early 20th-century San Francisco, including the Earthquake, from an immigrant's viewpoint."--"School Library Journal""A fine, sensitive novel written with grace in a way that conveys the Chinese American's cultural heritage." --"Booklist""A triumph."--"The New York Times
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The plot follows Moon Shadow, a boy sent from his native China to live with his father in the Land of the Gold Mountains a.k.a San Francisco in 1903. While there, Moon Shadow learns a great deal about the ways the white settlers (referred to in this text, without exception, as demons) reacted to the Chinese in California. Yep does not play down the characters' difficulties, but Moon Shadow and his father, Windrider, learn the ways in which they may live their lives acceptably. They befriend their white employers, survive the great San Francisco earthquake, and finally Windrider follows his dream of making a flying machine just as the Wright Brothers did. This portion of the book is based on the true story of a Chinese immigrant that on September 22, 1909 flew from the hills of Oakland, California. As Yep points out in his author's note, this book is a historical fantasy and not an actual factual construction. Nonetheless, Windrider's quest is such that you feel just as caught up in the excitement of the moment as he is when at last he is able to test his creation.
What is so impressive about Lawrence Yep's writing is how he accepts that there are no hard and fast rules about the ways in which people act and react.Read more ›
I greatly enjoyed this book very much. The detailed description made it sound like I was in the book. It was easy to read, and I did not have much difficulty trying to figure out the main point of the story. I saw that the book had a well-thought-out plot, because it all fitted together nicely. The cover was quite interesting.
The part of the book I enjoyed reading was when Windrider flew his huge flying machine outside against the strong winds. The book described it so well, I thought I was flying myself! When Windrider finally crash-landed, I could not tell whether I really did experience it or not. Laurence Yep is quite an amazing writer. Overall, I know that this book will always be one that I would greatly enjoy reading once more.
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I've read this book as a teenager and found it again in the library at the high school I work in. It's a wonderful story written in the perspective of a Chinese immigrant child... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joochan Kim
Dragonwings by Laurence Yep.
Moon Shadow was only eight when he sailed from China to join his father, Windrider, in San Francisco, where with his uncles they run a... Read more
This was required reading for my son's 6th grade class. I read it, too, and it was excellent. Easy read and great story.Published 11 months ago by jflowe