Skye’s cousin, Hiroshi, who she has never met, moves from Japan to Virginia to stay with Skye and her family. These two cousins clash due to language, cultural barriers and regular, old “sibling” rivalry, but it may be good old-fashioned kite-flying that will help bridge the gap between these two.
Flying the Dragon features both a girl (Skye) and a boy (Hiroshi) character as the leads; each telling their story from alternating points of view. This makes this novel perfect for those young readers who will only read a story featuring a protagonist of their own gender. And everyone can identify with the feeling of not fitting in with a new situation and the rivalry between a close relative. The setting of the story; featuring the Kite Festival on the National Mall, will also be familiar to our DC, Virginia and Maryland readers, and the descriptive writing of Ms. Lorenzi will make those from other parts of the country or the world feel like they are right there.
Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi; ages 8 – 10; $16.95; Charlesbridge Publishers