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Shadow of the Dragon [NOOK Book]

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Sixteen-year-old Danny Vo is caught between two cultures-the American world of his Houston high school and his Vietnamese home life. Life gets even more complicated when Danny’s cousin Sang Le comes to live with them after spending years in a reeducation camp in Vietnam. Failing school and unable to get a job, Sang Le joins a Vietnamese gang. Danny must also contend with another dangerous gang-the white supremacist skinheads that his new girlfriend’s brother belongs to. “Excellent characterizations and a complex,...
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Overview

Sixteen-year-old Danny Vo is caught between two cultures-the American world of his Houston high school and his Vietnamese home life. Life gets even more complicated when Danny’s cousin Sang Le comes to live with them after spending years in a reeducation camp in Vietnam. Failing school and unable to get a job, Sang Le joins a Vietnamese gang. Danny must also contend with another dangerous gang-the white supremacist skinheads that his new girlfriend’s brother belongs to. “Excellent characterizations and a complex, believable plot are blended into a moving story of the immigrant experience.”--Booklist

High school sophomore Danny Vo tries to resolve the conflict between the values of his Vietnamese refugee family and his new American way of life.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
Sheilamae O
Danny Vo was a young child when his family emigrated from Vietnam. Now he feels torn between his obligations as the eldest son and his desire to be fully American. When Sang Le, his 18-year-old cousin, comes to live with the family after spending years in "reeducation" and refugee camps, Danny's problems accelerate. Because Sang Le's English is so poor, he is unable to get a job and is failing his high school classes. He is shocked by what he perceives as American indolence and waste and believes the old Vietnamese way is better. Even so, he joins a gang that preys on Asian merchants. Danny's younger sister, Kim, rejects tradition, dresses like a tart, and runs away. Sang Le loves Hong, a traditional Vietnamese girl, but she admires Danny. Danny loves Tiffany, an all-American girl whose brother is a skinhead. Ba, Danny's grandmother, devotes her life to keeping the family traditions and lore intact, and she berates her grandchildren constantly because of their American ways. This is a complex coming-of-age story that takes the problems and loves of the young protagonists seriously and lets the innate goodness of the characters shine through all their mistakes. When Sang Le is ambushed and killed by skinheads, his death seems a tragedy that diminishes not only his family, but also the country that never quite found a place for him. Excellent characterizations and a complex, believable plot are blended into a moving story of the immigrant experience.
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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)
 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547416830
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/31/1993
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 787,834
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
  • File size: 162 KB

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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  • Posted November 24, 2009

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    Shadow of the Dragon

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2008

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    Reviewed by LadyJay for TeensReadToo.com

    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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>Danny's influence over his cousin is strong, but is it too late for Sang Le to break his ties to Cobra? <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>This is a hard-hitting novel that definitely packs a punch. Pick this one up....you won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2003

    This book right herr is iight

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2003

    This Book Was Great

    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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  • Posted February 10, 2011

    This is bad writing.

    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 clich&#233;. 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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2003

    One Great Dragon

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2002

    diZ b0ok iZh dA b0mb!!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2001

    Read This Amazing Book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2000

    Read this incredible book.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2000

    Good book on VN American Experience

    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.

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