Flying the Dragon: THE the Perfect Book for Your OMGPre-Teen!
We at OMGmother think that spring is the perfect time to get your OMGchild reading. That is why we are so happy to have our favorite OMGbookworm, Pragmatic Mom, back to share another great book rec with us! This month she’s found a book for your preteen OMGchildren called Flying the Dragon.
With March comes spring. In New England, it doesn’t feel like spring yet with a snow day in Mid-March. In like a lion, out like a lamb? I hope so.
Springtime also means kite-flying, which originated in Ancient China. Other Asian countries took this up, with kite fighting competitions marking both a celebration of spring’s cherry blossoms and a day for boys. May March bring you good kite-flying weather! Let’s go fly a kite!
In that vein, I chose Flying the Dragon as the perfect chapter book gift idea for your OMGchildren!
Lorenzi wraps her story around kite flying, connecting two cousins: Hiroshi, a boy from Japan and Skye a hapa girl (half Japanese/half Caucasian) in Washington, D.C. In kite fighting, you have to know when to loosen the line to keep the kite afloat just as it seems like it’s going to fall out of the sky. Skye and Hiroshi’s grandfather knows that balance is important, in life and in kite fighting. By moving to D.C. for cancer treatment, the grandfather has a chance to repair his relationship with Skye’s father, whose marriage to a non-Japanese woman caused a family rift.
Skye too must learn to “loosen the line.” She’s caught between having to help her cousin navigate his way through a new school, learning both English and American customs, while also resenting his intrusion into her life. She’s never really felt different having grown up American, but now there is this tug towards her Japanese heritage. Some of it is good, like meeting grandfather and learning to build, fly and fight kites. Some of it is bad like being forced to learn Japanese which might cost her a coveted spot on the All Star soccer camp. Will kite flying and the upcoming kite battle at the National Cherry Blossom Festival bring the cousins closer together or tear them apart? [chapter book, ages 9 and up]
Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi:
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