Flying the Dragon

by Natalie Dias Lorenzi and Kelly Murphy

Cousins Hiroshi and Skye are thrown together against their will after Hiroshi’s... read more

Cousins Hiroshi and Skye are thrown together against their will after Hiroshi’s family moves from Japan to the Virginia community where Skye and her family live. Hiroshi is struggling with English; Skye is struggling to master a Japanese class her parents insist she take—she must place into the Advanced Class or miss playing on a high-level soccer team in the summer. So working out an arrangement where they help one another seems logical. But there is more than a divide of language and culture between them, there is jealousy: Hiroshi resents having to share Grandfather, who moved with them from Japan, with Skye. For her part, Skye resents Hiroshi not only because she has to help him navigate fifth grade, but because she almost never gets time alone with the grandfather she has just met. But their grandfather’s failing health, and his wish that the two work together to compete in the annual kite-flying competition in Washington, D.C., forces them into a partnership that provides them with both satisfaction and solace in author Natalie Dias Lorenzi’s satisfying, emotionally authentic novel that alternates between Skye’s and Hiroshi’s voices. (Ages 9–12)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2013

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