Flying the Dragon
Title: Flying the Dragon
Author: Natalie Dias Lorenzi
When Skye’s cousin Hiroshi and his family move to Virginia from Japan, both children are unhappy at the changes in their lives—will flying the dragon kite bring them together?
Flying the Dragon tells the story of two cousins in alternating chapters. American-born Skye is a good student and a star soccer player who never really gives any thought to the fact that her father is Japanese. Her cousin, Hiroshi, lives in Japan, and never really gives a thought to his uncleÂ’s family living in the U.S. Their lives are thrown together when HiroshiÂ’s family, with his grandfather (who is also his best friend), have to move to the U.S. suddenly. Skye resents that she is now Â“not Japanese enough,Â” and yet the friends sheÂ’s known forever abruptly realize she is Â“other.Â” Hiroshi has a hard time adjusting to life in a new culture, and resents SkyeÂ’s intrusions on his time with Grandfather. Through all of this is woven HiroshiÂ’s expertise, and SkyeÂ’s growing interest in, kite making and competitive kite flying, culminating in a contest at the annual Washington Cherry Blossom Festival.