Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi

by Carmen Oliver on September 12, 2012

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Debut novelist Natalie Dias Lorenzi crafts a beautiful multi-layered story told in the alternating points of view of fifth graders, Skye and Hiroshi. The two are cousins who’ve never met until Hiroshi’s family leaves Japan so Grandfather can receive a new innovative cancer treatment in the United States, where Skye’s family lives.

Thrust together by family circumstances, Skye and Hiroshi struggle to hold onto the things that they’ve worked hard for all their lives. For Skye, it’s the chance to play with the All-Star soccer team, and for Hiroshi, the opportunity to fight in a rokkaku kite battle with Grandfather. Both of their wishes are in jeopardy with the changes brought on by the new family environment. Skye is embarrassed at school by Hiroshi’s differences, and Hiroshi resents having to share Grandfather, especially when it comes to the world of rokkaku kite-flying, their special bond.  But Skye longs to know her grandfather who, up until now, has been foreign to her.

When Hiroshi learns about a rokkaku kite battle in Washington, D.C., he wants to leave Skye out of it, even though Grandfather insists on including her.  As Grandfather’s health deteriorates, Skye and Hiroshi are faced with a decision – either put aside their differences and work together, or risk losing what is important to them, including honoring their grandfather.

A story about family, forgiveness, and friendship, readers will be pulled into the world of rokkaku kite battling as if they were flying their own kites. FLYING THE DRAGON is for ages 8 and up.

To learn more about author Natalie Dias Lorenzi and her middle grade novel click HERE to read the interview at Carmen Oliver’s blog, One Word at a Time.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Carol Baldwin September 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Thanks for the review. I look forward to reading this book! Since I’m writing a book from 2 alternating points of view, I want to see how Lorenzi does this!

Carmen Oliver September 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did. I thought Lorenzi was masterful at creating two unique points of view and I connected with each character but for very different reasons. You might also want to check out Debby Dahl Edwardson’s MY NAME IS NOT EASY as it is told in five alternating points of view and is a gripping story as well. Good luck with your writing!

Natalie Dias Lorenzi September 16, 2012 at 5:56 am

Thanks so much for this lovely review, Carmen!

Carmen Oliver September 17, 2012 at 5:42 am

My pleasure, Natalie!

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