A soaring story that will sweep listeners from the docks of China to the court of Kublai Khan as young Haoyou learns to ride the winds strapped to a great scarlet kite in the traveling circus of the Great Miao. But other winds swirl about Haoyou, winds of revenge and deceit and greed. And no matter how high he flies, there is always greedy Uncle Bo, holding him like an anchor, waiting to drag him down.
A breathtaking historical novel from two time Whitbread Prize winner Geraldine McCaughrean.
"With her exuberant, nonstop plotting and supremely colorful setting, McCaughrean grabs hold of readers' imaginations and doesn't let go." (Publishers Weekly)
"McCaughrean fully immerses her memorable characters in the culture and lore of the ancient Chinese and Mongols, which make this not only a solid adventure story but also a window to a fascinating time and place rarely used as a background in children's fiction." (Booklist)
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Unique historical section; great story!
- M. Hughes
Great book to listen to with your child.
Sad, compelling, historical
This story was sad and sometimes the main character frustrated us. He continued to make bad decisions and we wanted to crawl in the book to stop him. But as our family studies the middle-ages, we enjoyed this book to help round out our understanding of this time period.