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The Kite Fighters

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,467 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
In a riveting narrative set in fifteenth-century Korea, two brothers discover a shared passion for kites. Kee-sup can craft a kite unequaled in strength and beauty, but his younger brother, Young-sup, can fly a kite as if he controlled the wind itself. Their combined skills attract the notice of Korea's young king, who chooses Young-sup to fly the royal kite in the New Yea ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published March 20th 2000 by Clarion Books (first published 2000)
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Barb Middleton
Feb 14, 2013 Barb Middleton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Like Seesaw Girl, this book deals with choices in life. Some choices we can choose: the choice of occupation, the choice of attitude, the choice of following traditions. Some choices we cannot choose: choice of being a boy or girl, the choice of siblings, or the choice of birth order. Young-sup is second to his brother, Kee-sup, where 15th century Korean traditions are such that their father treats the second son different than the first son. The firstborn is the only sibling that gets to go to ...more
Tyler Sherwin
Mar 10, 2014 Tyler Sherwin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book the Kite Fighter by Linda Sue Park is about two young brothers named Kee-sup and Young-sup that both admire kites, and the sport that goes along with it, Kite Fighting. Kee-sup has many troubles trying to fly kites which stresses him knowing he is the oldest. However, he is very talented at designing and creating them. On the other hand, Young-sup is very gifted with amazing kite flying skills, and knows exactly how to handle them. He even claims "the kite talks him" which helps him man ...more
May 03, 2015 Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Kite Fighters is a children’s novel set in the city of Seoul in Korea, that tells the wonderful story of the relationship between two brothers, Kee-sup and Young-sup, who both have an interest in kites. They are both specialized with different aspects of the kite, but can work together as a team to master the building and usage of the kite. The duo soon become affiliated with the King, however with the sibling rivalry and culture in effect, the older brother receives more respect compared to ...more
Siliang Lei
Jun 13, 2015 Siliang Lei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would give the book, “The Kite Fighters,” 5 out of 5 stars. The book takes place in Korea and wonderfully describes the relationship between two brothers. The two brothers were Kee-sup and Young-sup. Since Keep-sup was older than Young-sup, he was given most of the respect in the family. They both love kites and specialize in parts of a kite. In the book, the two brothers work together to build a magnificent kite. Besides their rivalry, the end product was fabulous. This shows that with teamwo ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Ahmed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Young-sup holds a kite in his hand, he knows exactly how to make it fly. His older brother, Kee-sup, struggles to launch his kite, but he knows exactly how to construct one that is beautiful in form and perfectly balanced. One day, the young king of Korea suddenly arrives with all of his attendants on the hillside where the brothers are playing with their matching tiger kites. He requests their help in learning to fly one, and then asks Kee-sup to make a kite for him. The boy is deeply hono ...more
Nov 13, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brenda by: Battle of the Books read 2012
Shelves: fiction
Kite Fighters takes place in 1473 Seoul, Korea. Brothers Young-sup and older brother Kee-sup are soon to be celebrating the New Year. Each year the festivity includes a kite fighting competition. When older brother Kee-sup receives a kite and has difficulty flying it, Young-sup helps him and learns that he has a knack for kite flying. Eager to have his own kite, Young-sup asks his brother to build and design one for him. Instead, Kee-sup agrees to help him build it. As the brothers practice thei ...more
Another carpool selection that all the kids gave a thumbs up, though they don't want to live in a culture where kids have to be that respectful to olders including siblings (though the older two did have some fun trying to get the youngers talk like that).
I enjoyed both the story and the narrator's slight Asian accent. It is always a good reminder of how the world is a big place!
Merceline Tran
May 13, 2015 Merceline Tran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Kite Fighters is one of the books that I always recommend to people who like to learn about other cultures and traditions through print. This book sets in the 15th century and it tells the story of two brothers Young-Sup and Kee-Sup. Kee-Sup has the gift of making the most beautiful kites and Young-Sup has the gift of skillfully flying kites. One day, the young king encounters the brothers flying the kites and he asks Kee-Sup to make the most beautiful kite and Young-Sup to fly the kite in t ...more
Ian Wood
Feb 04, 2015 Ian Wood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
Apr 03, 2014 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
My students are embarking on an author study project, and so I am ravenously gobbling up all of the new books I got from donors choose before they hand in their final projects.

Linda Sue Park is one of the authors we're studying. Initially, I picked this book because its reading level seemed reasonable, but I'm glad I picked it for other reasons.

The story was a little slow to get started. It takes place in Korea in 1473. Two brothers enjoy flying kites, but the younger one is supposed to start tr
Mar 13, 2014 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
BOB 2013-14.

The Kite Fighters is a story of two brothers in 15th century Korea, but it is also a story of Korean culture and traditions. Kee-Sup and Young-Sup are brothers treated differently by their father because Kee-Sup is the older. What a revelation it is to Young-Sup that Kee-Sup thinks that Young-Sup has the better deal, when Young-Sup fervently wishes that he were the older brother. But they are a winning combination when they work together, as when Kee-Sup designs the kites, and Young-
Shannon Duncan
May 11, 2016 Shannon Duncan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, fiction
The Kite Fighters is a touching story of two brothers set in Korea in 1473. It was written by Linda Sue Park, the award-winning author of A Single Shard. Her parents immigrated to America from Korea in the 1950's and so she knows the Korean customs well. The Kite Fighters was first published In 2000 by Yearling. Now there are many editions available, both in print and ebook format.

Young-sup could fly kites, they spoke to him and he always knew exactly what to do. The kite became part of him, ho
Laura Verret
Young-sup loves kites. He loves the way they float and glide, dip and soar. He loves the feel of the twitching strings in his hands. And he loves to be out flying with his brother, Kee-sup.

But one day as they are out flying, they are chanced upon by His Majesty, the King. A boy himself, the King decides that he likes the design of Kee-sup’s kite and demands that he make another like it to be presented to His Majesty. The boys are honored and comply, but they hear even more shocking news after th
Lundin Rach
Rachel Lundin
The Kite Fighters

As educators we all must incorporate other cultures when teaching our students about history. This task is not always the easiest to carry out but, if done correctly we may have the ability to captivate our young audience's attention. In The Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park, a captivating story about two young brothers is told. Within this story of the two brothers also lies a secret history lesson about Korean culture. The book begins with brothers You
Rosa Huerta
Dec 09, 2012 Rosa Huerta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two brothers living in traditional Seoul Korea in 1473 are mesmerized by the beauty of kite flying. The grace of flying a kite comes naturally to Young-sup while his older brother Kee-sup has a natural talent for constructing magnificent kites from scratch. One day while Young-sup enthusiastically flies Kee-sup’s beautifully crafted kite, the young king of Korea shows up and asks the brothers to make him a kite fit for a king. To the brother’s surprise a secret friendship is formed between them ...more
Eunhye Yu
I didn’t think there were so many different ways we could learn about someone’s country by a fictional book. The Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park is one of the books that could definitely be one book that help open a new perspective on one of the Asian cultures. The Kite Fighters is a fictional book based on Korean customs and a little bit of history. The main characters are two brothers and the King of the country. This book just starts off with two brothers and about their enjoyment of flying k ...more
Jessica Howard
Oct 27, 2012 Jessica Howard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, 2012
The Kite Fighters tells the story of two brothers, Young-sup and Kee-sup, who are part of a traditional 15th century Korean family. Young-sup has an especial gift for kite flying - he just senses exactly when and how to fly a kite. Kee-sup can't fly as well as Young-sup, but he's gifted at the artistry of making kites. Between them the brothers make and fly the most beautiful kites in the country, which comes to the attention of the King. He asks them to make and fly a kite for him in the New Y ...more
Oct 06, 2015 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit-for-the-kids
The was a good story, and we were able to watch some videos about kite fighting to help the kids get a sense of the story. I thought this one was more for younger readers, and I felt like the summary was a bit misleading *spoiler alert* - getting the father's permission for the younger son to fly in the contest was not a major part of the story. It is set in Korea in 1473, but felt very modern in speech and tone. Good, but not my favorite of all that we've read.
Jan 13, 2010 Kyounga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is about two kite fighters in Korea 14C. I enjoy reading very familiar words and culture in English. It makes me feel very proud of my country.
I didn’t have any idea of the Kite Fighting even though I grew up there. One thing I remember is how to make kite that I learned when I was in elementary.
In spite of that, I really had a good time reading and getting knowledge of the ethnic game and becoming enthusiastic about the book.
Especially, set up a theory about the circumstance with the
Two brother Young-sup and Kee-sup share the same love and passion for kites.
Young-sup knows how to fly kites and Kee-sup knows how to build/construct kites. One da the king (who is their age) asks Kee-sup to build a kite for him, Young-sup taught the king to fly the kite. Young-sup wants to enter the New Year’s Eve kite flying competition. According to Korean law the oldest child represents the family, which means Kee-sup will have to fly the kite. The king asked Young-sup to fly his kite in th
May 28, 2014 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe that this book is a great book becuase you can relate. This story into someones life also becuase this is an actual thing that we have . And there is people that do compete for the competitions and have to build there own kites.but this boy named Young-Sup can make huge kites of any shape but just cant control them .
3.5 stars I enjoyed this a little more than See Saw Girl. Again, I love to see the parts of my mom's culture that were present in my own life. Stories like this also give me a little insight into how my mom grew up in Korea. One thought I kept having was that we are more alike than different. This tradition of kite fighting carried out by the young brothers in this story reminded me of The Kite Runner.
Dec 29, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Sonlight Homeschool Curriculum
A young Korean boy, jealous of his older brother's privileged standing in the family as firstborn son, hopes to prove himself by winning the annual New Year's kite flying competition. A fascinating look into the Korean culture of 1473.
Sep 03, 2015 Gus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked Sue Park's books, "Single Shard" and "When My Name Was Keoko" better than this one, but this was quite enjoyable. Very short read for an adult. Would be good at loud reading with one of your kids.
Miss Amanda
gr 4-7 133 pgs

1473, Korea. 11 year old Young-sup wishes he was the eldest and got to do all the special things his older brother gets to do. Instead, his parents are always reminding him that he needs to be respectful of his older brother. When the brothers decide to enter the kite fighting competition, they know they must work together, Young-sup with his kite flying skills and Kee-sup with his kite building skills, to win.

Great story
Oct 09, 2011 Janice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-lit
Good, quick read, which seems to be important for modern children. What's nice is there is no violence or death. Plus it's exciting to read about kite fighting. Young-Sup wishes to fly kites, but then his older brother gets the kite for the holiday celebration. He is jealous and disappointed. He and his brother make their own, and the reader learns that his brother would rather be making things. So each brother has to deal with his place in Korean society. The child king notices the kites flying ...more
Mr. Steve
FULL DISCLOSURE: I was not looking forward to reading this book. And I wasn't judging the book by its cover, even though it's boring. I wasn't judging the book by its title, which is also boring. I was, in fact, judging the book by its premise, which sounded dreadfully boring.

That being said, I'm happy I gave the book a chance. The author's descriptions of kite fighting made it seem exciting and filled with action - akin to a basketball or football game. Life in 1473 South Korea was very interes
Jan 27, 2016 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written book about the tradition of kite flying and fighting in Korea. It had a lot of great history. The characters learned valuable lessons. I would recommend for 4th and up. I really enjoyed this one.
Rym Rytr
Jan 09, 2016 Rym Rytr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book for the younger set that has insight into their lives. While not the best of Ms. Parks books, it is still worth the read!
I was so incredibly bored with this book. It is less than 150 pages and took me 4 days. I guess kites aren't my thing.
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Linda Sue Park is a Korean American author of children's fiction. Park published her first novel, Seesaw Girl, in 1999. To date, she has written six children’s novels and five picture books for younger readers. Park’s work achieved prominence when she received the prestigious 2002 Newbery Medal for her novel A Single Shard.

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