Flying the Dragon tells the story of two cousins in alternating chapters. 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, with his grandfather (who is also his best friend), have to move to the U.S. suddenly. Skye resents that she is now "not Japanese enough," and yet the friends she’s known forever abruptly realize she is "other." Hiroshi has a hard time adjusting to life in a new culture, and resents Skye’s intrusions on his time with Grandfather. Through all of this is woven Hiroshi’s expertise, and Skye’s growing interest in, kite making and competitive kite flying, culminating in a contest at the annual Washington Cherry Blossom Festival.
About the Author
Natalie Dias Lorenzi is a traveler, writer, wife, mother, and teacher, specializing in English as a Second Language. She has taught in Japan and Italy, and now teaches in a Washington, DC–area school where 85% of the students are immigrants. She also writes curriculum guides to new books for writers and publishers. Flying the Dragon is her first novel.
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Skye had known something was coming. The way her dad had been acting lately was beyond his normal weirdness. She just never guessed the something coming would be a bunch of Japanese relatives she’d never met. The first sign of trouble was when her dad switched from silverware to chopsticks. Maybe she shouldn’t have been surprised. After all, her dad was Japanese. Sort of. He’d been born and raised in Japan but hadn’t been back since he married her mom. To Skye he was pretty much American. And since Virginia is about as far away from Japan as you can get, Skye didn’t blame herself for forgetting that she was half Japanese herself.
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Skye wonders why suddenly her dad begins acting Japanese again: after living ¿like an American¿ for many years, all of a sudden he asks for Japanese food, talks to Skye in Japanese in public, and he even decides to enroll Skye in Japanese language school. When his plans collide with Skye¿s much anticipated All Star summer season in soccer, she wants to know what¿s going on.Hiroshi is happy living in his native town in Japan, building and flying kites with his grandfather and training for the kite competition known as Rokkaku. His plans, however, also change suddenly when he learns that due to his grandfather¿s cancer, they will move to the U.S. to begin a last resort treatment and live near an estranged uncle and his family.Skye and Hiroshi¿s paths now cross, like the strings of two kites pirouetting in the wind next to each other. The encounter of these two different cultures, languages, and worlds is a challenge for both kids. Would they find something in common? How can they stop blaming each other for their misfortunes and realize that they can be a team? And more importantly, can they do something for their grandfather?An amazing story full of real life experiences and poetic references that beautifully serves as the context for themes such as death, belonging, the immigrants experience, family issues, and most of all, growing up. Conclusion: I highly recommend this coming-of-age story to older children, young adults, immigrants, parents, and teachers (it is specially a treat for ESL teachers and students.)
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