Shadow of the Dragon

Shadow of the Dragon

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by Sherry Garland, John Hanley
     
 

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Sixteen-year-old Danny Vo is enmeshed in two worlds—his Houston high school and his Vietnamese home life. He’s finally caught the eye of beautiful blond Tiffany Marie, only to find out that her brother is a white supremacist. And his life gets even more complicated when his cousin Sang Le comes to live with Danny’s family after spending years in a

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Sixteen-year-old Danny Vo is enmeshed in two worlds—his Houston high school and his Vietnamese home life. He’s finally caught the eye of beautiful blond Tiffany Marie, only to find out that her brother is a white supremacist. And his life gets even more complicated when his cousin Sang Le comes to live with Danny’s family after spending years in a reeducation camp in Vietnam. Failing school and unable to get a job, Sang Le joins a Vietnamese gang—and Danny is determined to help his cousin escape before it’s too late.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
[star] “Excellent characterizations and a complex, believable plot are blended into a moving story of the immigrant experience.”—Booklist (starred)
[star] “A thoroughly gripping, thought-provoking work.”—Publishers Weekly (starred)
The ALAN Review - Donald R. Gallo
Readers will find interesting descriptions of customs and attitudes of Vietnamese Americans throughout this contemporary multicultural story. Unfortunately, this novel tries to deal with too many issues. The sixteen-year-old main character, Danny Vo, has a difficult life in Houston, trying to balance school work, a job, and family obligations. Then his cousin Sang Le, recently arrived from Vietnam after years in a communist re-education center, gets involved with a Vietnamese gang that has been terrorizing local businesses. Meanwhile, Danny starts dating Tiffany Schultz, whose younger brother is confined to a wheelchair and whose older brother Frank is a Nazi skinhead who hates "gooks." Danny also has a black best friend and a younger sister who misbehaves a lot and then runs away, neither of which make any difference in the outcome of the novel. Good conflicts, but fewer would have been better.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152735326
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/28/1993
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
416,065
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.87(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile:
840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

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From the Publisher
[star] “Excellent characterizations and a complex, believable plot are blended into a moving story of the immigrant experience.”—Booklist (starred)[star] “A thoroughly gripping, thought-provoking work.”—Publishers Weekly (starred) 

Meet the Author

SHERRY GARLAND is the author of many award-winning novels and picture books, including Indio, The Last Rainmaker. She lives in central Texas. www.sherrygarland.com

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Shadow of the Dragon 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
CFJ More than 1 year ago
How to explain a Great book, no an AWESOME book. I completely loved this book I'm a guy and i gotta say I got teary eyed at the end of this book partly because of sadness also because I never wanted the book to end. I would recommend this book to everyone and anyone. A really awesome book.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Danny Vo and his family immigrated from Vietnam to the United States when he was a toddler. He remembers very little about his life and the hardships his family faced in the Communist nation. Life in the United States has been difficult, but rewarding and worthwhile.

Now, Danny's cousin, Sang Le, is finally joining them in Texas. Sang Le has faced extreme suffering; being sent to a re-education camp in Vietnam, and finally escaping to China. Sang Le wants to show his family how grateful he is for what they have done. He starts bringing home huge amounts of cash. Danny knows exactly who Sang Le is working for - Cobra, the leader of a Vietnamese gang.

Danny's influence over his cousin is strong, but is it too late for Sang Le to break his ties to Cobra?

SHADOW OF THE DRAGON is a novel with heart. Danny and Sang Le are well-written characters. The reader will feel sympathetic towards both boys. Danny's struggles are not unlike those of any typical teenager. He argues with his family, attempts to keep his grades up, and is constantly fighting for the attention of a beautiful young lady. Sang Le's issues go deeper. He joins a gang to be a part of something; it feels familiar to him. This is his biggest mistake.

This is a hard-hitting novel that definitely packs a punch. Pick this one up....you won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i first read the book i couldnt stand it! now when i finished i wanted to read it again. it was so good i liked the voc they put in there and information i never knew. i would recommend everyone to read this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It had a very surprising ending. This book was funny at times and sad at times. I would recommend this book to anyone!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was exciting and thrilling. I give five stars because it keeps you captured and unable to set it down. It is about a Vietnamese boy who struggles to be a regular American. His cousin has newly arrived in America after many years of re-education camp and has troubles with being new and not knowing the language. It tells you about the ways of Vietnamese people and the Vietnamese American people throughout the book. It really touches you and makes you want to cry. I would recommend this book to almost anyone who enjoys reading that is in junior high to high school.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an incredible thing to read about. I, myself, is also a Vietnamese-American and really love to read these kinds of books. That's all i gots to say..and to all the VIET ppl out there..VIET PRYDE ALL tha WAYzZ!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This tragic book about a young Vietnamese American living in the south-west Houston area, where I reside, is none the less from incredible. I think the story will touch all its readers and give them more of an understanding of not only the Vietnamese culture, but all cultures and ages around us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I give Shadow of the Dragon five stars because it has an exciting plot and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Danny is a16-year-old teenager who is Vietnamese-American. His cousin Sang Le has just came from Vietnam. He is a hard worker but is having tons of trouble in school. He is confused and becomes friends with the leader of a very dangerous gang. He joins the gang and his school problems become even worse. Danny has problems of his own. He has a crush on a girl named Tiffany Marie Schultz. He gets a date with her and then before he knows it he¿s been going out with her for at least two weeks. Then Tiffany¿s brother comes home one night right after Tiffany and Danny had a date. He beats Danny up because of his race and forbids his sister to see Danny. To find out more about the book read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was impressed with this book because although it was fiction, Garland was able to weave in many details about the Vietnamese culture and the Vietnamese American experience. She touched on a lot issues about growing up Vietnamese American and the racial tension and hatred that exists in society. I especially recommend it to junior high and high school students.
Rainfly More than 1 year ago
I read through this book and didn't like it. The plot is predictable, and I found the characters to be uninteresting and not well-developed. The story did not seem realistic to me because it was so predictable and cliché. The story did try to integrate a lot about Vietnamese culture, except I think this was too forced. Many times, it was obvious what the author was trying to do (for example, Brian and Frank's conversation while beating up Danny is unnatural and obviously just meant to show Frank's blind submission to Brian), and thus the entire story seemed unrealistic. Finally, there is no creative usage of language or really any memorable phrases or sentences. In my opinion, this isn't required of a novel, of course, but a truly good writer will be able to not only tell a good story but word it in a creative way. To me, Garland just doesn't have a unique style. Lame book. Don't waste your time reading this; in my opinion, it's just bad writing.