The Kite Rider

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (6.92 hours)
Product Number: Z10009716
Released: Oct 01, 2003
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9789333226400
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A soaring story that will sweep listeners from the docks of China to the court of Kublai Khan as young Haoyou learns to ride the winds strapped to a great scarlet kite in the traveling circus of the Great Miao. But other winds swirl about Haoyou, winds of revenge and deceit and greed. And no matter how high he flies, there is always greedy Uncle Bo, holding him like an anchor, waiting to drag him down. A breathtaking historical novel from two time Whitbread Prize winner Geraldine McCaughrean.

Professional reviews

"When 12-year-old Haoyou's beloved father is killed, he must protect his little family from greedy relatives and from Di Chou, the ship's filthy, loutish first mate who caused his father's death. Haoyou manages, with the help of Mipeng, his cousin, to shanghai Di Chou. Before he returns, they run away with the Jade Circus, where Haoyou becomes a kite rider, soaring among the clouds, finding an affinity with the sky spirits. Below, Mipeng pretends to interpret "spirit messages" from the sky, and Chinese history unfolds like a paper fan. Eventually, Haoyou meets Kublai Khan and is conscripted into the Mongol army. Cynthia Bishop narrates the Full Cast audio production, as thrills, near-death experiences, and meticulous historical detail of thirteenth-century Chinese culture make this considerably more than a YA novel. S.J.H. 2005 YALSA Selection (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"

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