Flying the Dragon
Publication Date: July 2012
Categories: People & Places - United States - Asian American
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2012 Kids' Next List
“Skye is a soccer-loving American girl, whose relatives are moving to the U.S. for her grandfather's cancer treatments. In order to help the grandfather whom she has never met, she will have to take a Japanese-language course on Saturdays, and that means losing her place on the all-star soccer team. Skye's cousin, Hiroshi, has to leave his home in Japan, move to America, and take English lessons. As the cousins struggle with change, their language barrier, and a rivalry for their grandfather's affection, training for rokkaku -- competitive kite fighting -- brings them together and helps them find the strength and courage to overcome the obstacles they both face.”
-- Amy Hussin, Dragonwings Bookstore, Waupaca, WI
American-born Skye is a good student and a star soccer player who never really gives any thought to the fact that her father is Japanese. Her cousin, Hiroshi, lives in Japan, and never really gives a thought to his uncle's family living in the U.S. Their lives are thrown together when Hiroshi's family must suddenly move to the U.S. Illustrations.