Shadow of the Dragon

Shadow of the Dragon

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by Sherry Garland, John Hanley
     
 

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Danny Vo is torn between his American high school life and his Vietnamese home life when his cousin Sang Le joins a gang
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Danny Vo is torn between his American high school life and his Vietnamese home life when his cousin Sang Le joins a gang
 

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[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
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
456,670
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.82(d)
Lexile:
840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

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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