The premise: Skye has never met her father's family, but her sick grandfather brings them all the way from Japan to the United States, seeking medical treatment. Skye's cousin Hiroshi has always had Grandfather to himself, and he doesn't want to share him with Skye, especially their kite building and kite flying. Two cousins. One grandfather. And Grandfather's time seems to be running out . . .
What I loved: The dual point of view. Readers need both Skye and Hiroshi to fully grasp what this story offers. It's also full of cultural aspects, shows the harsh reality of a fractured family, and showcases what understanding can accomplish. Most of all I love the way Flying the Dragon shows us that we all can change -- if we're willing.
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