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They called him Gou Tian, Sky Hook, the boy who flies. Then the Jade Circus offered him a chance to escape his enemies and travel throughout Kublai Khan's empire. But can he escape so easily and can he avoid even greater danger?...

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Number of Pages : 212 Pages
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The Kite Rider Reviews

  • The Book Queen
    2019-04-22 09:48

    This was so boring; I literally had to force myself to read more than a couple of paragraphs at a time, and had this not been for a challenge, I would most definitely have given up by about page 20 (or never even started, for that matter.) Aside from that, Haoyou drove me insane. He's one of the most irritating characters I have ever had the displeasure to read about. He is:+ appallingly arrogant+ gullible (I know he's seven years old, but come on)+ immature (I know he's seven years old, but come on)+ selfish - seriously! He cares about nobody but himself+ know-it-all - another indication of his arrogance+ and just plain stupid. I hated him even more than Nora from Hush, Hush and Tally from Uglies, who were, before reading this book, my least favourite main characters of all time. And that's saying something.In short, do not read this book if you value your brain cells. If you're game for some head-desking, hair-ripping and book-throwing, get a copy of The Kite Rider ASAP.Ugh. Somebody get me some chocolate, and bring me back the wasted hours I spent reading this book.

  • Wil
    2019-04-10 09:09

    This book did not spike the kite in me, they could have made this book more exciting, and a better plot instead they went the other way and made this book totally boring.

  • Leigh
    2019-04-07 06:50

    I’m giving this four stars with a bit a reservation. I purchased this as an audiobook sometime ago. I’m quite sure the I purchased for ME to listen to with the impression that it was a YA novel. I’ve found that I prefer my listening material to have much less explicit sex and violence than what I might be fine with in a text format. I expected this story to be about a teenager and written for teenagers. However, I feel that this novel is more suitable for children probably in the late elementary age if they were reading it themselves. In fact, part of the reason I am giving it four stars is that there is a strong possibility I will listen to it again--with my six year old. With that in mind, I will note that Hanyou’s father does die at the beginning of the novel. However, while it was a somewhat bizarre death, I did not find it anymore gruesome than the parental deaths found at the beginning of many Disney movies. In fact, the set-up had a very Disney-like aspect to it, with the father’s death providing the introductions of the Evil Stepfather type figure(s) and the motivation to Hanyou to start his adventure. While there is some violent action, I never felt that it was overly graphic. He is beaten and put in danger--but not in graphic detail. And again, this is really nothing worse or more disturbing than anything done to Cinderella or Harry Potter. There is really no sexual content at all except some barest hints that an adult would read between the lines.In a tale full of man-carrying kites, Monguls, mediums and secret princes, the hardest thing I had believing was Hanyou’s age. I strongly recommend that anyone planning to listen or read it just ignore it when it is mentioned (briefly). You will know his age by how he acts and how he is treated--my guess is somewhere between 7 and 10. And, even for that, he is a bit dense. He is treated as a child through out, and I believe remains a child at the end though I can see that he has become more mature and worldly. The audiobook version that I listened to was multi-cast production and reinforced this further by using a child’s voice for him. I did think that the book had some interesting things to say about tolerance and blind obedience. Though blind obedience is not something that applies to anyone in my household, including the dog, I would be curious to know what my son would think especially in the the context of this story. I would also like to hear what his thinks of Hanyou flying even though he is very frightened and made sick and see whether my son has anymore insight into the other characters actions than Hanyou does. (I hope so.)And it was a good adventure tale set in a strange land. I think the Falcon would find it interesting and exciting. So, don’t be surprised to see this return to the “currently reading list” maybe while on a summer road trip.

  • Katie Fitzgerald
    2019-03-30 03:47

    This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.After his father dies in a kite riding accident, the last thing twelve-year-old Haoyou wants to do is take to the skies. When other plans for supporting his family are thwarted by his evil uncle, however, it becomes clear that his only means of escaping poverty is to join the circus as a kite rider. As he travels with the Jade Circus in service of the Great Miao, he wows audiences with his performances, and looks forward to one day showing off his skills for Kublai Khan, the Mongol conqueror.This exciting, well-plotted coming-of-age tale is a thrilling read with many wonderful lessons. It illustrates the enmity between the Chinese and Mongol cultures, the role of the circus within society, and Kublai Khan's specific rules regarding punishment and forgiveness. Haoyou becomes slowly aware of some harsh truths about his family, which leads him to understand the benefits of questioning some forms of authority, and to realize the value of thinking for oneself. The heroic feats Haoyou is able to accomplish with his kite also show the power of always striving to do the right thing, no matter the consequences to oneself. There is much to learn from this book, which can be used to spark any number of interesting conversations. Unlike many other historical fiction novels where nothing much happens, this book is truly action-packed. Though there are plenty of moments where Haoyou waxes philosophical about the state of his life, there is also a constant stream of excitement, including scenes involving theft, injury, and death. Haoyou is accompanied through much of the book by his cousin, Mipeng, who is believed to be a medium, even though she knows she can't truly speak to the gods, and she also has her share in the excitement, which is sure to please female readers of this otherwise largely male-dominated story. I gasped out loud several times while reading this book, as the plot took unexpected twists and turns. McCaughrean really knows how to keep a reader interested, as every time I felt that Haoyou was the least bit secure, she would place another obstacle in his path and change his trajectory. Escaping from one situation often leads him into a worse one, and I had no choice but to keep reading to find out how he eventually finds a reasonably happy resolution. The short chapters also contribute to the quick pace of the story. The Kite Rider is most appropriate for young readers in grades 6 to 8, and will appeal especially to readers interested in adventure and family stories. For another kite-themed novel (this one about contemporary Japanese characters), try Flying the Dragon.

  • Tanja
    2019-04-15 02:06

    I enjoy historical fiction and reading about places I have been to or live in. Therefore choosing this book seemed a perfect match. Set in 13th century China, shortly after the Mongol invasion under Kublai Khan, a young boy is pulled into an incredible adventure. After witnessing the haunting death of his father, he gets taken in by the Jade Circus, as one of their star attractions, flying kites. With the circus, he travels from place to place, risking his life with each new flight. Eventually, word reaches the mighty Kublai Khan... So many issues get addressed in the book: the importance of children's obedience towards their parents in traditional Chinese societies, the (low) status of women, the feelings of the Chinese population towards the invaders. But ultimately, it's also a story that portrays the good and the evil in a classical way. It makes us wonder about the wickedness in some people, while giving us hope in the realization that no matter how bad a situation, there are always some people willing to risk everything for those they love. (You surely noticed that I marked it in both categories, children and YA - I think a mature fifth grader would be okay to read the book but I wouldn't recommend it to students below this grade level.)

  • Alyssa
    2019-04-17 02:58

    This book was required for my class way back in september, but I just got my goodreads account. I like the plotline of the stroy, but I found that it didn't draw me in enough. In the first place, we experience the story from a boy who is supposed to be thirteen, but acts about the age of two most of the time. We are always being swayed by his horribly biased perspective of what's going on. In addition, the character of mipeng was completely frustrating and biased. We were told that Mipeng was supposed to Haoyous friend, but she constantly chastized and hurt him and went behind his back to do things that uprooted all the happy settings in the story. The idea for the book was good, but of all the events that happened, most of them were to rare to happen in such close sequence, and the events themselves almost always had positive outcomes for him. The story was meant to leave readers with a bittersweet feeling, but instead left me feeling as if haoyou never got what he deserved (true unhappiness or punishment). I wish that the stupid Bo character would develope further as well, he was just placed there to add difficulties, which got to be very annoying.

  • Brooke
    2019-04-17 03:09

    I thought this was an interesting read set in Ancient China. It's a story centered on obedience. The main character Haoyou had never before questioned being obedient to his elders, but all of that changes on the day that he witnessed the terrible death of his father. This author mixes a fictional story with facts from the time period the book is written.This books is a winner of the Carnegie Medal.

  • Elijah S.
    2019-03-25 07:54

    I thought this book was pretty good. There was a lot of action but I did not really like the ending. In some places there was violence and some scary things but, Haoyou is my favorite character because he can fly.

  • Joanna
    2019-04-03 03:59

    Don't waste your time reading this when there's so many amazing books out there. There's literally nothing to gain. Easily one of the worst books I've ever read.

  • Issy
    2019-03-27 08:48

    I had to read this book for school.Overall it was meh. Haoyou is quite young (honestly not sure of his age) and acts like when something goes wrong it's all his fault and it's the end of world, everything is a bit over dramatised. At the end I think the marriage with Mipeng and Miao jie was way to hurried and didn't make a lot of sense. At the beginning when Di Chou was going to marry Qing 'an with only Bo's approval Haoyou was very against it... but as you should be, it was his mother of course and Di Chou had killed his father. All of a sudden Mipeng is still on the scene because of the seance and they find Di Chou drunk. Now the next bit really surprised me. Haoyou comes up with this plan to sail Di Chou of to sea. I think this would give the wrong impression to any reader. "If you have any troubles with people just be really mean and getting them out of your life". Near the end, when Di Chou comes back he is fighting Haoyou and pushes him into the water, sober or not this again sends the wrong impression. Finally the whole thing with Bo gambling his money away and then joining the circus, wasn't a big surprise for me. It was obvious he would come back into the story because of all the spotlight he had before. Overall I gave this a 2 star because it is somehow interesting with the way the spirits have sort of control of the people but the story was mostly bland, there was no kick. Unless you like boring books, I wouldn't recommend Hope this helped x

  • Kara
    2019-04-07 03:05

    Though I generally learn new facts from historical fiction, this book yielded very little in the way of interesting or new information. A boring and unmemorable work of children's fiction.

  • Gen Nagamatsu
    2019-04-23 07:48

    Very long and not needed narrative. Only reason I read this is because of history. It during the Yuan Dynasty control of China. I think this book could've been shorter. It also was very hard to be in the same pace with the story. It gets confusing at times, and a good book should always have a good narrative, guide, and feel for the story. I think this book could've been better, but it was not up to my expectations.

  • Lorraine
    2019-04-15 09:51

    A very beautiful book but I lacked the drive to keep reading

  • Meg Johnson
    2019-03-25 09:48

    This is a great book for middle school. It's fast-paced, full of adventure and gives a good insight into Chinese culture.

  • Simeo Ubach
    2019-04-22 01:59

    The Kite Rider by Geraldine McCaughrem is a story that has showed me how life is unfair but if you look ahead you can get through a life that is fair enough. This story doesn’t start with a very comfortable situation and this sometimes makes the book seem very sad and without a clear idea if you will like the book. It’s like a risk taking in a book that can end well or bad. The Kite Rider is about a boy around 12 years old (named Haoyou) that is having his normal life and everything seems very perfect but this doesn’t take too long to change in the book. His father (Pei) dies in a very unfair accident. Pei was testing the wind when he started to fall. A nasty man named Di Chou knew that was going to happen so he forced Pei to test the wind. Di Chou wanted to merry Pei's wife (Qing'an) so badly that he killed Pei. This was just the start of a cruel an unfair life for Haoyou. This situation in the book made me feel “annoyed” by Di Chou. I think that if you have feelings towards characters the book is even better and shows that you get easily connected to the story. The life of Haoyou continues to a depressing moment where there is a funeral in honor to Pei. Haoyou was told to become a kite maker from his father spirit. He starts to make kites as a hobby and enjoys making kites. But building kites also makes him remember his dad. Di Chou wanted then to marry Qing’an but she disagreed. Di Chou got mad and burned Haoyou's house, and because of this there wasn't enough money any more so Qing'an had to marry. But Haoyou very smartly attacks back to Di Chou and makes him drunk. While his drunk, Haoyou brought him to the sailor and told him to ship him away, but there was a problem. Someone had to test the wind. So Haoyou tested the wind like how Pei did and he was able to do it well succeeding in the end. So the sailor was able to ship Di Chou away. Haoyou meets a guy called The Great Miao, the head of the Jade Circus, and asked Haoyou if he wanted to join. Miao knew Haoyou's talent in making kites, so he though that he could use this talent to make him succeed. He though about this and then join the Circus. After joining the Circus, he starts to learn things there and he enjoys his life. This job he had allowed him to make money for his family and live a good life. During this moment of the story I thought it would end like this but this story always has the feeling of never ending. He went back home and he only made kites now. Then he meets Di Chou and they had a gamble. If Di Chou wins then he gets to marry Qing'an and also the money that Haoyou made by building the kites. But he keeps losing. This is a frustrating moment because you want to know what’s going to happen with him. Di Chou was at the house and some people came in and asked if Di Chou was the bride of Qing'an. He said he was and the people took Di Chou away. This was because Uncle Bo had been stealing stuffs from the warehouse and the keeper of the warehouse noticed and came and asked. They though Di Chou was stealing the things and was moved apart of Qing’an and Haoyou. I think this story its main purpose is to show how hard life can be and that if you keep fighting until the end you will achieve happiness.This story has moved my feelings constantly to cheerful moments but then back to depressing moments. It’s one of the best books I read on how the author (Geraldine McCaughrem) makes you have a strong connection with the characters and have an easy first impression to the different characters. I think that when an author reaches this point where the characters are so well interpreted you just can’t expect more of these characters. It's a fantastic story of revenge and double dealing, and obedience to one's elders. This shocking story occurs in thirteenth century China. The settings described in the story are very imaginable and easy to picture in my mind. The characters I think can easily be divided into different groups of personalities. Di Chou is the bad guy in the story and Haoyou in a sense can be seen as the hero of this story. All in my entire conclusion to this book is that you can never find a so well connection of the characters between you.

  • Robin
    2019-04-22 09:55

    It's the 13th century. Kublai Khan has conquered China, spreading the Mongolian empire from Ukraine to Korea. His epoch-making attempt to invade Japan is about to get underway—the one that will end with Kublai's army at the bottom of the Yellow Sea, thanks to a storm that will go down in Japanese memory as "Kamikaze" (divine wind). At that crucial point in history—to the Eastern world what the sinking of the Spanish Armada was to the West—Gou Haoyou is a sailor's son living in the coastal village of Dagu, downriver from the great city of Dadu (now Beijing). Haoyou's father, Gou Pei, stirs the jealousy of another sailor named Di Chou, who wants Pei's beautiful wife for his own. So, before Haoyou's horrified eyes, Chou has Pei rigged to a makeshift kite and sent aloft to "test the wind" and see whether the spirits are in favor of their ship's journey. When the kite comes down, the ship seems to have won favor... but Gou Pei, overcome by terror, is dead.This is only the beginning of many wild rises and falls in the fortunes of young Haoyou. In order to save his mother from having to marry Di Chou, he and his cousin Mipeng—widely thought to be a medium—get the bridegroom drunk and try to "shanghai" him on board an outgoing ship. To make sure the ship sails promptly, Haoyou volunteers to serve as the wind tester, willingly subjecting himself to the ordeal that killed his father. This adventuresome act brings him to the attention of Miao Jié, the master of a circus that is headed upriver towards Dadu, Xanadu, and the court of Kublai Khan. And so Haoyou, sometime kite-maker, new-made kite-rider, becomes an act in the Jade Circus.During the troupe's upriver journey, Haoyou, Mipeng, the Miao, and their friends encounter resistance from villagers who place no value on entertainment. They face challenges to the supreme Confucian values of obedience and submission, especially on the part of youth towards their elders and of females toward males. The deal with a greedy great-uncle who abuses his position as head of the family to get hold of money, which he would then throw away in gambling dens. They find friendship among people of an alien culture, love in defiance of family policy, fame at the cost of danger and betrayal, and courage in the face of certain death.Haoyou's small body takes a beating in this story of a child facing incredible danger, simply to entertain crowds. His faith in the spirits of his ancestors—especially of his beloved father—is tested to the breaking point. His loyalty to family is tried by the viciousness of Uncle Bo and the competing claims to his devotion by Mipeng, Miao Jié, and his own mother. And in the midst of a disaster that nearly finishes the Khan's power, Haoyou claims the strength and cleverness to make things right for his loved ones.This fine, colorful novel from the author of Peter Pan in Scarlet moved me on many levels. Besides the obvious emotional impact of what happens to Haoyou, and what he does about it, the book is crammed with details that show the author's deep insight into human nature. The time, place, and culture depicted here will be fascinating and exotic to most readers, while they will recognize the same familiar humanity at the heart of it all. It's nothing if it isn't an inducement to read more books by Geraldine McCaughrean, such as The Stones Are Hatching, Tamburlaine's Elephants, The Death-Defying Pepper Roux, and The Glorious Adventures of the Sunshine Queen. Click here for a more complete list.

  • Seo Jin P
    2019-03-30 05:13

    This book is about a story that takes place in China. In the story there are people that are called wind-testers, and they are tied to kites and flown around and around, then they are brought back down to earth. A twelve-year old boy called Haoyou follows his father, Pei, to a ship called Chabi to discover the feeling of sailing. All of a sudden, Pei is forced by the first mate, Di Chou, to be tied to a kite and act as a wind-tester. As Pei flew, he grew extremely frightened of the height and the speed of the kite tied to his body, that he died of panic. Next, Chou tries to marry Haoyou's mother, Qing-an, which the whole family except for Uncle Bo disagreed with. Chou was the one who killed a member of the Gou family. Haoyou's cousin, Mi-peng, a medium, helped him to delay the marriage, by causing Chou to become drunk, throw him on board, and sail him off. However, Haoyou is told by the captain of the ship if Haoyou acts as a wind-tester, then the ship will bring away Chou. To everyone's astonishment, Haoyou flies perfectly on the kite and safely lands on the ship. Then the master of the Jade circus, Miao Jié, finds this out, and suggests Haoyou to fly on the kite in the circus. As the circus travels around the cities in China, Haoyou becomes more popular, and also earns a lot of money for his family. He also finds a lost girl by flying on the kite and finds deer for the poeple in the city. But one day Haoyou is told to perform his kite performance in front Kublai Khan, and his uncle Bo steals Haoyou's money and gambles it all, not sharing it to Qing-an. How will Haoyou overcome these challenges? He will have to face his worst fears to solve the problems.I found this book very stimulating and exciting because the book was full of mysteries about what will become of Haoyou and Mi-peng, and suspense about what the Mighty Khan will do to Miao. I especially liked the character Mi-peng because she never gave up on anything, and was always wise about what would lead to deep trouble and what would lead to success. I also learned about Chinese tradition and culture long ago and how people there lived. I recommend this book to those readers who like stories about mystery and love with family.

  • Neha
    2019-04-09 05:15

    What does it tell you that it took me nearly a month to get through this <250-pager? Yup, the Kite Rider is a ... difficult book. Difficult not because it is eloquent or intricate; instead, it is far too simplistic for my taste. Now, I know from research that this was intended as a children's book, and truth be told, the only compelling factor I had to read it was that it was a gift from my Secret Santa 2015. Within the context of a children's or coming-of-age genre, the book is an enjoyable read. I mean, Oxford Uni Press is a pretty rad organisation, and I can see why it chose to publish this work by Geraldine McCaughrean. I tried, at many points during the read, to put myself in the sneakers of an adolescent or teenager; admittedly, that made the book a tad shinier than otherwise. That said, there is no discounting the complex characters Geraldine has so simply constructed in the process. Haoyou isexactlythe kind of teen you or I were, and his childlike rhetoric and perspective are a hug for the tired adult's soul. His sister Wawa too, who unfortunately hasn't quite been explored in depth, comes across as an adorable partner-in-crime sibling (I'd definitely have enjoyed more about her chubby cheeks and chunky baby feet, aww). But where the book is quintessential with the children, it is justifiably and realistically multi-dimensional with the grown-ups. Bo, Mo, Mipeng, and Quing'an are fantastic shadows of the family members we so often grow up with and form opinions about. The Kite Rider may prove to be a messy read if you are an adult and have the attention span of a child (damn my ADHD tendencies!). That said, I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to take a flight of fancy away from the complicated life of grown-ups and heartbreak and backstabbing and instead focus on the possibilities of what life could've been and can be. Would I recommend this book to everyone? Nah, it is an acquired taste and demands a certain type of adult to be enjoyed – I was, in parts, that person, and sometimes not so much too. But Iwillinsist every child reads this book. The Kite Rider must be read if children are to become adults who read for the joys of paper and words and escapist plots and ... happiness.

  • Alice
    2019-04-03 08:56

    Here’s an odd request for you: take a handful of story ideas—say a kite rider, 13th century China, a boy with the mentality of a sheltered eight-year-old and a circus—and picture them as bunnies. Picture them as bunnies, happily hopping around, multiplying and merging (because bunnies would never willingly inbreed) with reckless abandon. The end product should be a strange-looking bunny. Now, this strange-looking bunny is Geraldine McCaughrean’s The Kite Rider (complete with useless inset maps.) I have to give her points, though, because she didn’t get drawn into the “angels versus demons” theme that I see coming from female authors lately. The Kite Rider is a remarkably good bedtime story—five pages in, and I guarantee snores, even if the hero’s father dies. Rambling is a good lullaby.Our protagonist, Haoyou, clings to a pathetic innocence that is shredded a little more each day passing with the Jade Circus. But, like an old security blanket, or his Little Dog Wu, he holds on to this little piece of childhood until he smashes into the river, half-blinding himself in the process, 266 pages into the book. That’s pathetic. The smashing completely implied as well. No, the author has to keep her delightfully dull pace and switch to the defeated Khan’s perspective. She skips one of the more action-filled parts and gets straight to the part where he tries not to drown: “If the rope caught on the riverbed, he would be…drowned….There was no point in swimming in such a current—the water simply rolled him over and over until he was so exhausted, he could scarcely judge when his head was above water and when it was below.” If it takes a symbolic rebirthing to come clean, he should have gained that backbone a long time ago by taking a bath and getting soap in his eye. It’s the same thing, isn’t it?I don't know--maybe i've grown up too fast, and am far too jaded, but I thought it wasn't the best. Geraldine McCaughrean has a strange style that doesn't appeal to me at all. She has the most sedate pace I have ever seen and had the misfortune to meet. There is no tangible emotion nor action within the book--I don't feel it.

  • Lizeth Velazquez
    2019-04-16 04:06

    McCaughrean, Geraldine. The Kite Rider. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2001.Characters: 12-year old Haoyou (main character), the Gou family, Great-uncle Bo (head of the family) and Great-aunt Mo ( Bo's wife), "The Great Miao" (circus master), and Kublai Khan ( Mongol conqueror).Setting: 13th century China, Dadu City, Hai River, XanaduTheme: Values, Character Development, World History, Genre: Children's Historical Fiction, AdventureTarget Audience: Elementary to Middle School. Grade: 5-7.Plot/Summary: It is 13th century China and Kublai Khan has overtaken the Sung Dynasty and has become the new ruler. The main character is Haoyou a twelve-year old boy whose father loses his life in his first day as a wind tester, a technique used to monitor sailing conditions. Haoyou has been raised to be obedient and respectful and is expected to listen to his uncle Bo the next head as a male. However, his uncle views Haoyou, his widowed mother, and little sister as baggage. Haoyou is discovered by a circus owner and makes him the next circus attraction as a "Kite Rider". Haoyou decides to journey with the circus in order to make a living and take care of his mother, but he also undergoes a journey that changes him inside, which allows him to mature and lose his naivete.Personal/Critical Response: This endearing story about Haoyou demonstrates the internal and external journey a twelve-year old boy takes in a span of a few months to discover the realities of the world, which includes meeting China leader Kublai Khan. He was brought up to be obedient and respectful without objection, but his life journey makes him open his eyes and mature. This story has many significant historical and cultural insight to 13th century China and would be great for classroom discussion and research.

  • Rachelle
    2019-04-06 05:01

    I read this book because my Aunt read it thinking it was the popular Kite Runner. She recommended it nevertheless and I really enjoyed it. It is set in 13th century China. It is really just an interesting story that also gives insight into the culture at this time. The tradition was to sail a kite before a boat was launched. If the kite sailed easily and stayed afloat... it was considered a sign that it would be a good voyage. Only then, would people trust putting their merchandise aboard the ship. If the kite crashed... it was a bad omen for the voyage. The only missing detail is that a person is actually tied to the kite. The story opens with the father of the main character beaten into a position where he is the kite rider and tragically dies in the process. Unquestioning trust in these messages from the other world is an interesting theme. They were obsessed with their deceased ancestors and constantly sought to receive messages from them and please them. The theme of obedience was also very interesting especially because the lesson I had in church the next day was about obedience. The main character is riddled with problem after problem much due to his unfailing obedience to his selfish, evil uncle. Only when he decides to rebel against his wicked uncle, does he find some measure of peace. Our lesson in church was about obedience to God. I was contrasting the story with our lesson and decided that the only reason we can have such a measure of obedience to God is when we know of His love. Then our obedience is smoothed by the knowledge that his commands are for our welfare. He is perfectly loving, perfectly kind and perfectly fair in a way that no human being could ever be. Overall, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone.

  • Komi Amegblenke
    2019-04-17 07:56

    This book is amazing! This book is about a young child named Gou Haoyou, main character, who loses his father to a jealous sailor by the name of Di Chou. Di Chou tries to marry his mother with permission from Uncle Bo, Haoyou's greedy uncle. But Haoyou flies on a kite and allows for a ship to sail off with Di Chou on it thus preventing it from occurring. During the manned kite demonstration, Maio Jie -a circus master- notices Haoyou and comes to his house to have him apprentice with him while he travels from city to city to perform and make money. His ultimate goal is to perform in front of Kublai Khan, who is the current ruler of China. There adventure takes has its ups and downs. After a long while they meet the Kublai Khan and almost die because Uncle Bo tried to blackmail Maio, but he wouldn't have it, so he admitted who he was to the Khan. The Khan then had him lay in a carpet, Kublai Khan didn't like spilling royal blood, but he never killed Maio because he was merciful. After this incident, Haoyou goes along with the Khan and his mongols to try and conquer Japan, but a storm hits and they get dismantled. Haoyou ends up losing his sight in the process and afterwards heads home trying to find his mom. When he gets back to the town of Dagu, he found out that his Uncle had stole her to a drinking tavern. He goes and gets mother Qing'an and his little sister Wawa then has them live in Di Chou's boat which somehow managed to survive the typhoon that had hit. After a few days Di Chou returns and tries to kill Haoyou, but Haoyou outwits him by losing in a gamble. After all this occurs Haoyou, Qing'an, Auntie Mo, Wawa, MiPeng and Maio (both married leave on the boat and go where ever the sea takes them

  • David
    2019-04-19 07:04

    Another one of those wannabe great books, in the Historical Fiction section. I have to admit, the book has a great idea, but the content makes this book mostly rubbish. Required for my English class, I had to read this book for summer reading, but I noticed a significantly large amount of problems with this book. Besides the belief of ghosts and spirits, it basically had no references to Chinese or Mongolian cultural ethnics or beliefs, which ruined the story, and made it seem all cartoonish, in other words; no feeling.The book also overuses many topics and symbols, which really have no relevance to the plot of the story (shanghaied? really? I would've shanghaied this book). Online, I found this book to be in many REALISTIC or Historical Fiction book sections. REALISTIC? Really? In my opinion, this book was not realistic at all. Sure, there was kite riding, circuses, and all that fun stuff, but what didn't buy it for me was the lack of detail and content. (Wouldn't he suffocate if he was at airplane altitude?. The author, is an American author, and that just shows too much in the story. A lot American ideas and slangs are used in book, and I bet there were not any Americans in the 14th century (except for Native Americans). The character's personalities are horribly written. (Haoyou, supposedly a teenager, seems like he had a maturity disorder.) I have to admit that this IS supposed to be appealing towards a children's audience, but seems way too inaccurate, even for a young student. I have to give credit to Geraldine McCaughrean because down to the bone, because it is a great book, considering if I was a 9 yr old idiot who lived in the North of Great Britain eating white cheese.

  • Ape
    2019-04-03 03:50

    2007 bookcrossing journal:Set in China during the 1300s, just after the Mongols have conquered, The Kite Rider follows the story of Haoyou, a young Chinese boy. After witnessing the death of his father at the hands of a cruel man set on marrying the widow, he must try to save his mother from an awful fate. With the help of his cousin, Mipeng, they manage to save his mother, for a year at least. But their greedy Great Uncle Bo is furious at everything that has happened, and there's only one thing left to do - run away to the circus!The whole kite element comes in when his father is killed on a kite - some kind of kite-riding thing they did to predict the weather, speak to the spirits etc. After this, Haoyou attempts to become a famous kite builder, and later a famous kite-rider himself.This is an interesting book, with something of an old folk-tale feel, but at the same time not so much. It does also feel like a contemporary tale almost as well - hmmm... it's a bit hard to describe. And I enjoyed it, although maybe it's better for young teens to read. It's about all kinds of things, but the one thing that really stuck with me is this thing about respect that was constantly cropping up. I think the point of that was to say that people shouldn't automatically get your respect no matter how they behave, just because of their status or age. Respect is something that also has to be earned and deserved. It's also about predjudice and the folly of preconcieved ideas - the chinese and the mongols stereotyping each other.

  • Seonaid
    2019-04-18 09:11

    I loved this book when I read it to Sean years ago; re-reading it to Izzie has been a real pleasure.Set in 13th century China, as Kublai Khan's invasion forces have decimated the Song Empire, this is the story of 12 year old Haoyou, brought up in the Confucian manner to blindly obey his elders and betters. Apprenticed by his grasping and opportunistic Uncle to the Jade Circus, along with his cousin Mipeng, this is an adventure story that crosses China, and a more personal adventure for Haoyou, as he learns to start thinking for himself and realise that obedience is a poor second to independence.Well researched and beautifully described, 'The Kite Rider' easily sweeps the reader back into Medieval China, with its strict codes of behaviour and social strata, its beautiful cities, and its foul, polluted and dangerous waterfronts. This is probably the most 'grown up' book Iz and I have read, and it themes of obedience vs independence, appearance and reality, conflict, hate and love are pretty powerful. I found the characters well drawn, from the despicable Great Uncle Bo, to the reserved Miao Jie, the sharp tongued but loyal Mipeng, and poor Haoyou, who always tries to do what's best, but feels himself tossed on the winds of fate – quite literally. The tension is edge of the seat stuff, and the ending is satisfying.Izzie loved it, and now wants to travel through China, though possibly not attached to a kite.Recommended to lovers of good adventure stories set in foreign lands and past times.

  • Kaci Greer
    2019-04-18 10:04

    I thought this book was okay, I mean it wasn't the best but also not the worst. It does not word things like I thought it word even if it is on my reading level.

  • Mike Steven
    2019-04-03 06:08

    I'm not sure why I didn't enjoy this book more than I did. It's one of the novels that we teach in my department at work and I like to have read everything that is being taught in one of my English classrooms so I read it to see what it was like.It probably deserves more than two stars to be honest - it's quite well written and the protagonist has an interesting conflict between family loyalty, honour of his father and what would be best for him as a person. There are also some interesting and exciting moments and some well crafted characters. I also enjoyed how the novel explores historical Chinese culture and tries to provide an insight into the life of the people. Regardless of all this, the book failed to inspire me at all and I kept putting it down and forgetting about it.I think the central premise - that a boy who saw his father killed by being strapped to a giant kite later gets a job flying while strapped to a similar giant kite - just failed to capture my imagination. I also never really liked the central character of Haoyou very much. I thought his cousin Mipeng was a far more interesting, intelligent and complex character and possibly should have featured more. On the whole, I feel probably should have enjoyed this novel more than I did but it's clearly missing something in my opinion.

  • Luann
    2019-04-20 05:13

    I'd read several lukewarm reviews for this, so I wasn't sure if I would really like it. I was surprised to be immediately drawn into the story as Haoyou's father is forced to be the sailor on the kite that tests the wind which is said to predict the prosperity of the ship's voyage. The wind testing doesn't end well for Haoyou's father, and Haoyou must now do what he can to protect his mother from the evil first mate from his father's ship. Through a series of events, Haoyou finds he must become a wind tester and ride a kite into the skies just like his father.I found myself really caring about these characters. I worried about what was going to happen to them, and I thought about the story when I wasn't reading the book. I even worried that the horrible Uncle Bo and the evil first mate, Di Chou, wouldn't ultimately get what they deserved! I especially enjoyed Haoyou's kite riding scenes and thought he showed great courage to even consider riding a kite after what happened to his father. This was a little long, but I found myself looking forward to reading more whenever I had a bit of reading time. I don't think I've ever read any other book set in China during the time of the Mongol ruler Kublai Khan. While this wouldn't go on a list of top favorite books, I thought it was unique and I'm glad I read it!

  • Cathy
    2019-03-29 04:08

    "Up and up the wind drew him. Haoyou looked about him and saw the whole world beneath him. And it was his. He could breathe! Today Haoyou was a kite, a windhover riding on spread wings."The great Miao master of the Jade Circus, offers twelve-year-old Haoyou the amazing chance to change his life -- to escape from his family's poverty and the pain of his father's recent death -- by becoming a kite rider!Strapped onto a beautiful scarlet-and-gold kite, Haoyou is sent into the sky to soar perilously among the clouds and entertain the awestruck crowds below. Traveling the Empire as part of the Jade Circus, Haoyou earns freedom, money, and unexpected fame -- as he skillfully performs for local villagers who believe he can bring back messages from lost loved ones whose spirits haunt the sky. Miao even plans for Haoyou to perform before the Mongol conqueror Kublai Khan himself!But what about the duties that bind Haoyou to the ground -- his duties to his family, especially to his widowed mother? And is the Great Miao all that he seems, or could he be using Haoyou in a treacherous plot?A dazzling story of adventure, betrayal, family, and sacrifice set in the dramatic, dangerous world of thirteenth-century China.Interesting and enjoyable. Culturally stimulating, yet frustrating. Varied characters, lively story.

  • ™yourbeautifulnightmaree™
    2019-04-17 09:07

    this book is about a young boy named Haoyou, he lives in China with his mom, dad, and sister. Thier family struggles, as Haoyous dad is a sailor, with no respect for his wife, Qing-an, and thinks of Haoyou of only a useless child. He is envied by a hateful man named Di-chou, and when a life threatening task comes along Di-chou is first to put Haoyous father (Gou-pei) on the list. Gou-pei, not having much say when speaking to a bunch of drunk sailors is put up for the job. Haoyou is terrified at the thought,and hopes his father survives, when his father leaves his spirit with the skys, Di-chou makes his move. Even though having a family himself, he wants Haoyous mother. Haoyou dispises this man, and Di-cou doesn't feel any different. When Di-chou performs so horrid tasks in order to distroy Haoyous life, to make his mother come running to him. Qing-an will have none of it, but has no say becuase she is not the head of the family, but a "useless woman" in her brothers eyes, who is also the head of the family. Qing-an is forced to marry Di-chou! Will they go through with the wedding? Will Haoyou and Mipeng achive thier goals? What wil happen if Qing-an ia forced to marry Di-chou? Find out in The Kite Rider.