Moon Shadow is eight or nine—depending on if you calculate the Demon way or the Middle Kingdom way. He has never seen his father, but knows him through his mother’s memories and the kites he left behind. Moon Shadow’s father is across the ocean in the land of the Golden Mountain.
When Uncle Clap shows up Moon Shadow has the opportunity to change his life forever and go to his father. Across the ocean and to a new land, a new language, a new life with his father. Moon Shadow exhibits amazing courage and incredible insight.
This Newberry Honor winning book is fantastic historical fiction. The story is told by a young Chinese boy who leaves China and goes to San Francisco at the turn of the twentieth century. Humanly told, these characters are richly woven, believable and easy to become attached to.
Laurence Yep is a prolific writer and we will be exploring more of his works. Dragonwings is his second book and part of a series called the Golden Mountain Chronicles.
Lots of opportunity to explore another culture and definitely opportunity to have some serious discussions. A recommended read.
Visit Elise at A Path Made Straight to find other participants for Children's Book Monday. Elise is in the process of moving, so I don't know if she will be having a Linky this week, but visit her earlier posts. I'm so soothed at her bloggy-home.