The Kite Rider

The Kite RiderUp And Up The Wind Drew Him.Haoyou Looked About Him And Saw The Wholeworld Beneath Him And It Was His He Couldbreathe Today Haoyou Was A Kite, Awindhover Riding On Spread Wings.The 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 was so boring I literally had to force myself to read than a couple of paragraphs at a time, and had this not been for a challenge, I would most definitely have given up by about page 20 or never even started, for that matter Aside from that, Haoyou drove me insane He s one of the most irritating characters I have ever had the displeasure to read about He is appallingly arrogant gullible I know he s seven years old, but come on immature I know he s seven years old, but come on selfish seriously He cares about nobody but himself know it all another indication of his arrogance and just plain stupid I hated him even than Nora from Hush, Hush and Tally from Uglies, who were, before reading this book, my least favourite main characters of all time And that s saying something.In short, do not
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. 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, a
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 beat
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 st
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 fra
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. 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. This review also appears on my blog, Read at Home Mom.After his father dies in a kite riding accident, the last thing twelve year old Haoyou wants to do is take to the skies When other plans for supporting his family are thwarted by his evil uncle, however, it becomes clear that his only means of escaping poverty is to join the circus as a kite rider As he travels with the Jade Circus in service of the Great Miao, he wows audiences with his performances, and looks forward to one day showing off his skills for Kublai Khan, the Mongol conqueror.This exciting, well plotted coming of age tale is a thrilling read with many wonderful lessons It illustrates the enmity between the Chinese and Mongol cultures, the role of the circus within society, and Kublai Khan s specific rules regarding punishment and forgiveness Haoyou becomes slowly aware of some harsh truths about his family, which leads him to understand the benefits of questioning some forms of authority, and to realize the value of thinking for onese
I enjoy historical fiction and reading about places I have been to or live in Therefore choosing this book seemed a perfect match Set in 13th century China, shortly after the Mongol invasion under Kublai Khan, a young boy is pulled into an incredible adventure After witnessing the haunting death of his father, he gets taken in by the Jade Circus, as one of their star attractions, flying kites With the circus, he travels from place to place, risking his life with each new flight Eventually, word reaches the mighty Kublai Khan So many issues get addressed in the book the importance of children s obedience towards their parents in traditional Chinese societies, the low status of women, the feelings of the Chinese population towards the invaders But ultimately, it s also a story that portrays the good and the evil in a classical way It makes us wonder about the wickedness in some people, while giving us

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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • The Kite Rider
  • Geraldine McCaughrean
  • English
  • 09 October 2017
  • 9780066238746