Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi

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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 United States. Skye and Hiroshi's lives are thrown together when Hiroshi's family, with his grandfather (who is also his best friend), suddenly moves to the U.S. Now Skye doesn't know who she is anymore: at school she's suddenly too Japanese, but at home she's not Japanese enough. 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 rokkaku kite flying.

About Natalie Dias Lorenzi

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Natalie Dias Lorenzi is a teacher, specializing in English as a Second Language. She has taught in Japan and Italy and now teaches is 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.
Published March 11, 2014 by Charlesbridge. 243 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When her cousin unexpectedly moves from Japan to Virginia, a Japanese-American girl finds their cultural differences embarrassing until kite fighting unites them.

Jun 17 2012 | Read Full Review of Flying the Dragon

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Going to America means missing this year’s annual rokkaku kite battle, a battle where kites cut other kites’ strings, and the last kite flying wins.

Oct 11 2012 | Read Full Review of Flying the Dragon

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