Up And Up The Wind Drew HimHaoyou Looked About Him And Saw The Wholeworld Beneath Him And It Was His He Couldbreathe Today Haoyou Was A Kite, Awindhover Riding On Spread WingsThe Great Miao Master Of The Jade Circus, Offers Twelve Year Old Haoyou The Amazing Chance To Change His Life To Escape From His Family S Poverty And The Pain Of His Father S Recent Death By Becoming A Kite Rider Strapped Onto A Beautiful Scarlet And Gold Kite, Haoyou Is Sent Into The Sky To Soar Perilously Among The Clouds And Entertain The Awestruck Crowds Below Traveling The Empire As Part Of The Jade Circus, Haoyou Earns Freedom, Money, And Unexpected Fame As He Skillfully Performs For Local Villagers Who Believe He Can Bring Back Messages From Lost Loved Ones Whose Spirits Haunt The Sky Miao Even Plans For Haoyou To Perform Before The Mongol Conqueror Kublai Khan Himself But What About The Duties That Bind Haoyou To The Ground His Duties To His Family, Especially To His Widowed Mother And Is The Great Miao All That He Seems, Or Could He Be Using Haoyou In A Treacherous Plot From Incredibly Versatile Carnegie Medalist Geraldine McCaughrean, Author Of The Stones Are Hatching, Comes This Dazzling Story Of Adventure, Betrayal, Family, And Sacrifice Set In The Dramatic, Dangerous World Of Thirteenth Century China This book was required for my class way back in september, but I just got my goodreads account I like the plotline of the stroy, but I found that it didn t draw me in enough In the first place, we experience the story from a boy who is supposed to be thirteen, but acts about the age of two most of the time We are always being swayed by his horribly biased perspective of what s going on In addition, the character of mipeng was completely frustrating and biased We were told that Mipeng was supposed to Haoyous friend, but she constantly chastized and hurt him and went behind his back to do things that uprooted all the happy settings in the story The idea for the book was good, but of all the events that happened, most of them were to rare to happen in such close sequence, and the events themselves almost always had positive outcomes for him The story was meant to leave readers with a bittersweet feeling, but instead left me feeling as if haoyou never got what he deserved true unhappiness or punishment I wish that the stupid Bo character would develope further as well, he was just placed there to add difficulties, which got to be very annoying. This book did not spike the kite in me, they could have made this book exciting, and a better plot instead they went the other way and made this book totally boring. I m giving this four stars with a bit a reservation I purchased this as an audiobook sometime ago I m quite sure the I purchased for ME to listen to with the impression that it was a YA novel I ve found that I prefer my listening material to have much less explicit sex and violence than what I might be fine with in a text format I expected this story to be about a teenager and written for teenagers However, I feel that this novel is suitable for children probably in the late elementary age if they were reading it themselves In fact, part of the reason I am giving it four stars is that there is a strong possibility I will listen to it again with my six year old With that in mind, I will note that Hanyou s father does die at the beginning of the novel However, while it was a somewhat bizarre death, I did not find it any gruesome than the parental deaths found at the beginning of many Disney movies In fact, the set up had a very Disney like aspect to it, with the father s death providing the introductions of the Evil Stepfather type figure s and the motivation to Hanyou to start his adventure While there is some violent action, I never felt that it was overly graphic He is beaten and put in danger but not in graphic detail And again, this is really nothing worse or disturbing than anything done to Cinderella or Harry Potter There is really no sexual content at all except some barest hints that an adult would read between the lines.In a tale full of man carrying kites, Monguls, mediums and secret princes, the hardest thing I had believing was Hanyou s age I strongly recommend that anyone planning to listen or read it just ignore it when it is mentioned briefly You will know his age by how he acts and how he is treated my guess is somewhere between 7 and 10 And, even for that, he is a bit dense He is treated as a child through out, and I believe remains a child at the end though I can see that he has become mature and worldly The audiobook version that I listened to was multi cast production and reinforced this further by using a child s voice for him I did think that the book had some interesting things to say about tolerance and blind obedience Though blind obedience is not something that applies to anyone in my household, including the dog, I would be curious to know what my son would think especially in the the context of this story I would also like to hear what his thinks of Hanyou flying even though he is very frightened and made sick and see whether my son has any insight into the other characters actions than Hanyou does I hope so And it was a good adventure tale set in a strange land I think the Falcon would find it interesting and exciting So, don t be surprised to see this return to the currently reading list maybe while on a summer road trip. Creo que esta historia ser a much simo m s interesante si fuera contado desde el punto de vista de Mipeng qui n es la secundaria que desde el punto de vista de Haoyou, quien logr fastidiarme m s de una vez y quiz en los momentos m s k de la historia.Se salvan algunas buenas frases que se mencionan a lo largo del libro y el cuestionamiento sobre la obediencia ciega.Pero honestamente, siendo un libro de Geraldine McCaughrean, esperaba un poco m s. I have loved Geraldine McCaughrean s writing style in other of her children s book, and The Kite Rider did not disappoint on that level She writes clearly but with interesting vocabulary that has the potential to excite children s interest in words I was also intrigued by the historical time frame of the reign of Kubla Khan an era about which I have little knowledge Unfortunately, beyond the setting and style, there was little that I could truly appreciate about this book The frequent references to familial spiritualism even when looked upon with a skeptical eye by some characters would certainly give me pause in handing this book to a child However, just as objectionable in my mind is the periodic questioning of submission to authority While I do agree that strict, unquestioning Chinese veneration of elders can be an unhealthy extreme, I am always disappointed in children s books that ultimately side with the idea that young people should follow their own hearts and minds rather than submitting to the wisdom of others.Part of the reason this book makes submission to elders such an unappealing choice is that most of the characters in the book fall somewhere between unsympathetic and downright nasty Certainly, Great Uncle Bo and first mate Di Chou are both of the mustache twirling villain type, but I couldn t even particularly bring myself to like the protagonist, Haoyou, whose impulsive, selfish, or risky behaviors never seem to lead him to any worthwhile self realizations Moreover, the plot which certainly had room for many thrills and tense moments was not as engaging as one might have hoped It felt like one minor episode after another rather than a crafted whole building to a climax.This book sadly confirms a trend I ve noted in which award winning books that adults think children will love are not actually all that engaging The ingredients may be there, but the flavors don t marry as they ought to provide a mouth watering reading experience. 3.5 stars Review to come I wish I could give half stars here this would be a 3.5 It s a fun book and worth the read As a non Confucian, the characters commitment to obedience was a little frustrating as a reader, but that simply indicates I was deep into the story and cared about the characters. Young Adult Fiction set during the time of Kublai Khan The book addresses the tension between the Chinese and the Mongolian peoples under the reign of Kublai Khan also the Confucian traditions of ancestor worship and obedience The craft of kitemaking is key to the story line.A 12 year old Chinese boy Haoyou witnesses his father s death, attempts to save his beautiful mother from a dreadful second marriage, and joins the circus as a kite rider The notion of a kite rider is purely fictional The author states she got the idea from the Chinese tradition of kitemaking and a Japanese use of manned kites to use as spies during warfare.I enjoyed the story very much it s a fast read. Good enough 2 finish reading I admit it was kinda slow throughout some parts, but all in all it was really good.Recommended ages 13 up.
Geraldine McCaughrean was born in 1951 and brought up in North London She studied at Christ Church College of Education, Canterbury and worked in a London publishing house for 10 years before becoming a full time writer in 1988 She has written over 120 books, 50 short plays for schools, and a radio play.Her adult novels include Fires Astonishment 1990 and The Ideal Wife 1997 , but she is bes
- 288 pages
- The Kite Rider
- Geraldine McCaughrean
- 03 August 2019 Geraldine McCaughrean