Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi.
Publication Date: July 2012
List Price: $16.95
Review: Do you like reading? If you do, then you might like the book, Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi. It is the story of two distant families that have not seen each other for 12 years, until now.
Sorano, a 12-year-old girl who goes by the name of Skye, has had a great American style life. She attends school, has friends, and is even on a soccer team, but now she gets the news that she is able to join the All-Stars soccer team. Hiroshi, a 12-year-old boy who lives in Japan, is Skye's cousin. He is on summer break for school. So with his free time he flies his dragon kite. But not just for fun, for practicing because he is has registered for the annual kite championship. So these two kids are happy with what they are doing, but they don't know that that could all change. It changes because as Grandpa living in Japan grew older, he becomes so sick. The doctors said that they couldn't do anything to help. The Japanese doctors find help for Grandpa, but it is in America. So that means Hiroshi has to go too. In America, Skye is doing better than ever in soccer. When the news comes that Hiroshi's family is coming to America, she is ok with it until her parents tell her she would have to take Japanese classes to be able to talk to them. As Skye and Hiroshi get to know each other, they become good friends, but will they get to follow their individual dreams?
In my opinion, Flying the Dragon is entertaining and balances the action and events. This story has many messages about life, such as how life has ups and downs. Also, the book shows the reader that the downs in life can result in great friendships. I recommend this book for teens that enjoy realistic fiction.
Review written by Andy (6th grade student).
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