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Flying the Dragon Hardcover – July 1, 2012
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The chapters alternate between the two cousins. The author does an excellent job, transitioning from Skye to Hiroshi. The two have very distinct voices and concerns. Skye has been selected for the soccer all star team for the first time, though there's a conflict with the Japanese lessons and she might not be able to play. Hiroshi is having a difficult time adjusting to the move and learning English. One thing the two have in common is their grandfather. Hirsohi has always been very close to his grandfather. Skye feels an instant bond with his grandfather and wants to get to know him better.
Some of best scenes center around kite flying/ kite fighting, both of which run through Tsuki's blood, including Skye's even though she never touched a kite until she meets her cousin and grandfather. Many of the readers who pick up this book will be unfamiliar Kokkaku, or Japanese fighting kites and explanations could've easy bogged down the storyline. However the author gives the reader, clear, fun and visually appealing basic understanding of Kokkaku. Flying the Dragon is a very fitting title for this great debut.
I'm glad they are reading books like this in school; it promotes cultural understanding, being true to oneself and embracing being different. This book was well written, moved fast enough to keep the attention of an active 9 yr boy and a mom who rarely holds still.
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I loved reading this book, and enjoyed it very much. It did have some words that weren't good, an one theme that wasn't nice either. Overall rating, 5 stars. Read morePublished 15 months ago by John L Bowman
The book was wonderful-- poignant without being overly so, funny at times, sweet, and lovely. The story arc was satisfying without being predictable. Read morePublished on June 29, 2014 by Katharine A. Owens
A amazing read. "Flying the Dragon " was totally worth putting on hold and waiting for 2 WEEKS to get. Read morePublished on April 18, 2014 by Amy Mitchell
This was a wonderful book to read with my 10 year old son. The story was rich and well told. I really enjoyed the mixing of cultures, character development, and culmination of the... Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by David Renner
This book is truly a work of art, and you will never be able to put it down!! Sorano and Hiroshi rock!!!!Published on November 19, 2013 by geraldine knee
This book is a must for every elementary school classroom, ESL or otherwise. As we grow up, choices present themselves, the kinds of choices that shape the people we will become. Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Mila
Natalie's research and hard work has created a touching read aloud to allow students to make connections to realistic fictional characters in the Washington, DC area. Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by Kristina Jarmula
I loved this book it reminded me of my grandpa who died a few years ago when I was 7Published on April 26, 2013 by Mariano Aguirre