The Kite Fighters

The Kite Fighters


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In a riveting narrative set in fifteenth-century Korea, two brothers discover a shared passion for kites. Kee-sup can craft a kite unequaled in strength and beauty, but his younger brother, Young-sup, can fly a kite as if he controlled the wind itself. Their combined skills attract the notice of Korea's young king, who chooses Young-sup to fly the royal kite in the New Year kite-flying competition--an honor that is also an awesome responsibility. Although tradition decrees, and the boys' father insists, that the older brother represent the family, both brothers know that this time the family's honor is best left in Young-sup's hands. This touching and suspenseful story, filled with the authentic detail and flavor of traditional Korean kite fighting, brings a remarkable setting vividly to life. AUTHOR'S NOTE.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547328638
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 06/07/2010
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 130,219
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Linda Sue Park is the author of the Newbery Medal book A Single Shard, many other novels, several picture books, and most recently a book of poetry: Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems). She lives in Rochester, New York, with her family, and is now a devoted fan of the New York Mets. For more infromation visit

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The Kite Fighters 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was awsome. It's really cool to read a book about another country and their styles and customs. Really funny and wonderful. I would recomend it for any age level! = )))
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Kite Fighters tells of a young king's struggle against loneliness, an oldest son's battle with family expectations, and a young son's search for identity. The setting contributes to the conflict as culture, family expectations, and individualism all clash in an exciting climax and very satisfying ending. A perfect book for reading aloud!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the best book ever and is very authentic. Would definaltly come back for more.
avcr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Similar but not the same, two Korean brothers negotiate kite making and lessons in pride, custom, and sibling rivalry. Young-Sup¿s strikes a bargain with a kite seller to gain the reel that his Father has denied him, he wins the bargain and show great modesty in his win. The King of Korea is a boy nearly the same age as Kee-Sup and Young-Sup; when the King ventures out to find out who the owner of the tiger kites he sees from his palace, he meets the two and commissions Kee-Sup in the building of a kite of his own. Sibling rivalry ensues as his Father orders Young-Sup not to argue with Kee-Sup since he has been capped. Custom dictates that the family honor rests on the first born. The most enjoyable part is how Parks captures the ¿sameness¿ in boys, whether you are a King or just a pig-brain boy, and the joy that swells when Kee-Sup stands up to his Father in asking permission for Young-Sup to fly for the King. If You Like This, Try: The Firekeeper¿s Son by Linda Sue Park, Seesaw Girl by Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park, When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park, Bee-bin Bop! By Linda Sue Park.Awards: Linda Sue Park won a Newbery Medal for A Single Shard in 2002.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved all the charecters and mostly the King.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this felt like magic while i was reading it