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Dragonwings (Golden Mountain Chronicles #5)

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  2,310 ratings  ·  257 reviews
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.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 6th 1977 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 1975)
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Summary: This novel tells the story of Moon Shadow's decision to leave the Middle Kingdom and come live in turn-of-the-century San Francisco with his father. It chronicles his life in America, first in the Tang people's part of the city (what white people call Chinatown), and then living alone with his father among the "demons," as he considers white people.

Response: I have never read a Laurence Yep book, and I am so glad I finally did. I will definitely read more. Aside from how much I enjoyed
This is an enjoyable tale of a young Chinese boy who travels to the US to be with his father. His father longs to fly and begins a correspondence with the Wright Brothers. I'll spare the details of his quest to avoid spoilers, but honestly, that part of the plot seems to take a back seat to what I felt the true message of the story is.

The author calls Dragonwings an historical fantasy. It is loosely based on a Chinese man who did actually create a flying machine that stayed airborne for 20 minut
Moon Shadow, an 8-year-old Chinese boy, migrates to America to join his father Windrider. The father and son meet for the first time in their life because Windrider sails to Aemrica before Moon Shadow was born. Seeing his own father as a stranger at first, Moon Shadow learns to love and respect his father as time passes. They together make a living by doing laundry for the "white demons" as they called.

I was a little disappointed by this book because I was looking forward to learn more about the
Lars Guthrie
I'm given to dissing teachers who assign the same old book year after year, and this is the umpteenth time I've read 'Dragonwings' because it was assigned to a middle schooler with whom I was working. 'Dragonwings,' however, is just the greatest of novels on so many levels--as an historical novel, an adventure novel, a multicultural novel, a coming-of-age novel. I love it, and each time I read it, gain more from the reading. 'Dragonwings' encompasses everything from the 'I Ching' to E. Nesbit, o ...more
Kevin Kennedy-Spaien
A man and his son coming to understand each other, their adopted homeland and the power of flight in earthquake-ravaged 1903 San Francisco.

Read for work - Loved it!
Andrew M
I though dragonwings was a pretty good book I don't know what. I liked about the book and what I didn't but it was pretty decent book
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EJ Johnson
A juvenile fiction book about 8 year old Moon Shadow from China who joins his father in San Francisco at the beginning of the 20th Century. His father, Windrider, kite maker extraordinaire, had been in America since before Moon Shadow was born because their own national government and society couldn't or wouldn't provide employment or means for families to survive. America was a land of promise for them and provided the means of supporting their families in China. Windrider worked in a laundry r ...more
Timothy Grossano
Dragonwings was a fantastic book. It is a historical fiction, and based very loosely on the true life a Chinese inventor and aviator who lived in San Francisco in the early 1900s. Most is fictional as very little is known about the real Fung Joe Guey.

The book is filled with wonderful characters, dialog, and life lessons. Descriptions of events like the 1906 San Francisco earthquake are realistic and full of life. The story is told from the perspective of a young Chinese boy, who full of misunder
Jun 15, 2008 Meghan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in Chinese culture, airplane history, San Francisco/Northern California history
Recommended to Meghan by: Barnes and Noble
I really enjoyed this book. It's listed as appropriate for 10+ year olds, which I think I would have to agree. But I really appreciated that it didn't talk down to the reader but rather, it felt like he was challenging the reader to think bigger than "normal".

As I am moving to China and learning more about the culture and traditions of these people, I was quite excited to read about the various festivals and holidays Moon Shadow celebrated throughout his story. It actually reminded me a lot of
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The book Dragon wings by Laurence Yep is about Moon Shadow Lee, an eight year old Chinese boy in the early 1900 that moves to America to meet his father that he has never met in his life. His father, who left to work in America, is a master kite-maker, but works at a laundromat despite his talent. Moon shadow experiences severe racism against the Chinese immigrants during his first night in America when an angry mob throw a brick through the storefront window. This incident scared moon shadow, s ...more
Another YA book I'm reading along with Carly. This book was selected as a 6th grade literature book at PMS. It's the story of a young Chinese immigrant who arrives in SF right around 1900. The book follows his journey in SF and the Oakland Area for about 8 years. While the book did hold my interest, I thought the beginning was kind of slow. It got better once the earthquake hit and I thought some of the post earthquake scenes were very engrossing.

However, parents should know that the beginning
Dragonwings is a book that will entice the hearts of many readers immediately with the courage of a young Chinese boy, Moon Shadow in the face of unexpected challenges. Not only does the story blends history and fantasy but also reveals tribulations and triumphs of immigrants in the United States of America.

This book revolves around a boy who immigrates to San Francisco in the early 20th century to reunite with his father. Upon arriving in America, caucasian kids jeer at Moon Shadow and sing mo
Laurence Yep
Scholastic Inc., 1975

Laurence Yep gives us Moon Shadow, a wonderfully written character who guides us through his journey to America at the turn of the twentieth century and the seven years after as he struggles to understand the ways of American. Dragonwings introduces to Moon Shadow when he still lives in China with his mother and grandmother while they wait for their father who has traveled to the “demon land” in order to earn money and send it back to
Scarlett Evergreen
I would have actually given this book a 3.5 star rating, but you can't do that here. I do think this story packed a powerful punch. It really reminded me of another book I read, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Both books discussed hard topics that most people wouldn't try to write about. You can see the struggles the Chinese-American, or Tang people, were put through. The beatings in this book seemed to be a reoccurring happening, both from the "white demons" and the Tang people. Though I didn't l ...more
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Karen GoatKeeper
Based on a true mention of a Chinese aviator in the early 1900s, this book follows a young Chinese boy immigrating to San Francisco.
The boy's father moved to San Francisco twelve years before. He does not remember him except in the descriptions his mother gave. He knows nothing except his father is a gifted kite maker. Yet, when his father sends for him, he agrees to leave his home, travel alone across the Pacific to a land known only by stories, many of them false, to meet this unknown father.
Sarah LaFleur
I read DRAGONWINGS by Laurence Yep with my seventh grade guided reading group. For those of you unfamiliar with this method of teaching, it means working with a small group of students (4-8 kids depending) and guiding them through an instructional level book by facilitating discussion, providing meaning, and pointing out details that may be missed by inexperienced readers. When we finished reading, I decided to take their comments and compile them to turn my review of the book into another learn ...more
This is a you adult book so it's hard for me to judge on the level a reader of that age range would in today's world. However, now and I imagine even when I was that age I'd feel the same. This book was interesting. Better than some novels at this age range, but there was no vital spark. Nothing riveting or even compelling. I do think it shows a good portrayal of the Chinese American experience at the turn of the century. I never knew anything about this era or frankly much about the Chinese Ame ...more
This story made me research the Chinese immigrants of the early 1900s. Their culture and work ethic are interesting. Unfortunately they were another people group that America was willing to use without giving acceptance. Thankfully, as the story depicts, not all people are cruel and humans can form bonds even when differences abound. The author also showed the fact that, just because a heritage is shared does not guarantee that people accept and care for each other.
"I saw that life seems awfull
Tim Baldwin
I enjoyed the story as much as I would enjoy any story by Laurence Yep. He's a great author and creates believable characters to whom the reader can relate. I enjoyed the element of realistic fantasy within this novel as throughout the story there were constant references to dragons and what it means for a man to live as a dragon. Of course, this means much more than just being able to fly, which is an obsession owned by the protagonist's father, Windrider.

As you can see from the date I began t
Dragonwings by Lawrence Yep is not the best book I've ever read; not the worst, but definitely not the best. I thought that by the end of this book I would feel 5 stars, but the reality was that I felt glad it was over. The parts I enjoyed and felt were nicely done, felt cut short. And the parts that weren't as good and, yes, boring were VERY stretched out to the point that I had to stop and put it down. The reason, though, that in the end I still had a little interest left, was because of the c ...more
Blake Bolin
Feb 12, 2014 Blake Bolin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are learning about imagrating
I think that the book is great. The book is about a boy who comes to America and learn about native people.My favorite part is when Moon Shadow, the main character goes to a camp. The reason why is because he starts to learn how to live like Americans.Moon Shadow is a 8 year old chines person who needs to learn much before he can live like a american. This is a fiction book that takes place in the 1900's and looks like a nonfiction book. I would rank this a 4 star because it feels so close to a ...more
So far it's pretty good!!!!!
Sweet and insightful story about a boy and his father and the cultural melting pot that was early 20th century San Francisco. I learned a lot about the difficulties faced by Chinese immigrants.

“Every Tang man can have several names. He has a family name and a personal name given to him at birth. He can have another name given to him when he comes of age, a nickname from his friends, and if he is a poet, he can have a pen name. We are not like the demons, who lock a child into one name from birt
Apr 29, 2014 Emily rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical fiction lovers
Dragon Wings is a novel by Laurence Yep that was set at the turn of the 20th century. It is about a boy, Moon Shadow, who lives with his mother in China, while his father is in America working toward a better future for his family. His father, Windrider, decides to have his son (whom he has never seen) come and live with him in America. At this point, the story becomes about the struggle for Moon Shadow to accept this new world and culture, even though his "kind" are not kindly looked upon.

Jonah Tarmu
Moon Shadow was eight years old when he left China to join his father, Windrider, in San Francisco's Chinatown. After a few years of living in the Chinese community, Moon Shadow and his father moved to a stable behind Miss Whitlaw's boarding house, where Windrider can build his flying machine and Moon Shadow will be safe from street violence. Moon Shadow quickly learns to read and write English and in turn teaches Miss Whitlaw and her niece about Chinese dragons and other Chinese traditions. Des ...more
It is 1903, and Moon Shadow lives in China with his mother; a few months before Moon Shadow was born, his father, Windrider, left for America, the Land of the Golden Mountain, to earn money which he sends back to his family in China. Now Windrider has sent for the eight-year-old Moon Shadow to join him. When Moon Shadow meets his father, he finds out Windrider's true dream, to fly, and slowly he grows to believe in Windrider's dream, even though it's keeping them from sending for Moon Shadow's ...more
This book is a boy named Moonshadow. He started off living in China while his father was living in America. He is working there to make money for his family and try to eventually bring them over to San Francisco. He goes and moves to America to live with his father and all his relatives. Moon shadow’s father had a dream that he use to be a dragon, ever since then he has always wanted to fly. Moon shadow and his father then moved to live with white people “demons”. They learned that they were no ...more
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Born June 14, 1948 in San Francisco, California, Yep was the son of Thomas Gim Yep and Franche Lee Yep. Franche Lee, her family's youngest child, was born in Ohio and raised in West Virginia where her family owned a Chinese laundry. Yep's father, Thomas, was born in China and came to America at the age of ten where he lived, not in Chinatown, but with an Irish friend in a white neighborhood. After ...more
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