Dragonwings: Golden Mountain Chronicles: 1903

Paperback | January 23, 2001

byLaurence Yep

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In this Newbery Honor Book, Moon Shadow is eight years old when he sails from China to join his father, Windrider, in America. Windrider lives in San Francisco and makes his living doing laundry. Father and son have never met.

But Moon Shadow grows to love and respect his father and to believe in his wonderful dream. And Windrider, with Moon Shadow's help, is willing to endure the mockery of the other Chinese, the poverty, the separation from his wife and country, even the great earthquake, to make his dream come true.

Inspired by the account of a Chinese immigrant who made a flying machine in 1909, Laurence Yep's historical novel beautifully portrays the rich traditions of the Chinese community as it made its way in a hostile new world.

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America is the land of opportunity, so a Chinese immigrant and his son relocate in the hopes of starting a better life. Soon the pair are building a flying machine that could change the world as we know it. This novel is unique in its perspective on the Chinese in America and its portrayal of early 20th-century San Francisco, including...

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In this Newbery Honor Book, Moon Shadow is eight years old when he sails from China to join his father, Windrider, in America. Windrider lives in San Francisco and makes his living doing laundry. Father and son have never met.But Moon Shadow grows to love and respect his father and to believe in his wonderful dream. And Windrider, with...

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Will Windrider take to the skies?Moon shadow is eight years old when he sails from China to join his father, Windrider, in America. Windrider lives in San Francisco and makes his living doing laundry. Father and son have never met.But Moon Shadow grows to love and respect his father and to believe in his wonderful dream. And Windrider,...

Laurence Yep is the acclaimed author of more than sixty books for young people and a winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. His illustrious list of novels includes the Newbery Honor Books Dragonwings and Dragon's Gate; The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, a Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee; and The Dragon's C...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.75 inPublished:January 23, 2001Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064400859

ISBN - 13:9780064400855

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Wonderful Unlike the review at the bottom by Elina, who spelled during with a J, I love this book. It expresses how times were tough for the Chinese when they first came to America. Also, the way Laurence Yep used first person point of view was spectacular. This a great book, and I more than recommend you to read it. GREAT JOB LAURENCE YEP!!!
Date published: 2003-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's GGGRRRREAT!!!! This book is amazing. A young kid named moon shadow immigrates to San Fran to live with his father. It has a lot of true info and the author is very descriptive. I recommend this book because it's great. It tells about how hard it was for the chinese back then. Pick this book up and read it.
Date published: 2003-02-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fly like a dragon This book, actually taught us quite a bit about Chinese, only to learn that most of the information, WAS FAKE!!!! It was also as dry as the dust that was left on that old book in the geography section of the school library!!! It was about a chinese named Windrider, who goes to America juring the gold rush. Soon, his son, Moonchaser or something, comes along on the way. Then Windrider tells his son Moonchaser, that he used to be a dragon.Pretty lame already? Well, there is more! Soon, he must move to a town where no one respects him, and after an earthquake, he moves again. This time, he moves to an old barn, with lots of horrid smells! They try to build Windrider wings juring that time! Then there is this really bad character, who used to be good,then started using opium, and getting drunk every day. He trys to steal their money! They make many new friends along their boring way, and have lots of friends in the end! Pretty Borin,like I said. Well, anyways, Mr.Yep,next time, MAKE A TEXT BOOK!!!!!
Date published: 2001-02-17

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America is the land of opportunity, so a Chinese immigrant and his son relocate in the hopes of starting a better life. Soon the pair are building a flying machine that could change the world as we know it. This novel is unique in its perspective on the Chinese in America and its portrayal of early 20th-century San Francisco, including the great earthquake.

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"A Chinese immigrant and his son build a flying machine in an unusual historical novel, unique in its perspective of the Chinese in America and its portrayal of early 20th-century San Francisco, including the Earthquake, from an immigrant's viewpoint." (School Library Journal)