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Title:
Night sky dragons
Author:
Peet, Mal, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2014.

©2014
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
Young Yazul's love for making kites with his grandfather meets with disapproval from his father, a lord along the Silk Road, until their community is attacked by bandits and Yazul and his grandfather use their skills to help.

Yazul loves making kites with his grandfather, but all he truly desires is the approval of his father. Yazul's father, lord of a han along the Silk Road, is a man made stern by loneliness, and Yazul's love of kite-making only seems to elicit disappointment. "Travel and trade are what matters, " his father says. But when the han is attacked by bandits, Yazul has an idea. With the help of his grandfather, he might just be able to use his kite-making skills to scare the bandits away and save the han. Will Yazul's courage and cleverness make his father proud?
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Elementary Grade.

AD 640 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.2 1.0 170755.
ISBN:
9780763661441
Format :
Book

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A rousing narrative by Carnegie Medalist Mal Peet and his wife, Elspeth Graham, with atmospheric illustrations by acclaimed artist Patrick Benson.

Yazul loves making kites with his grandfather, but all he truly desires is the approval of his father. Yazul's father, lord of a han along the Silk Road, is a man made stern by loneliness, and Yazul's love of kite-making only seems to elicit disappointment. "Travel and trade are what matters," his father says. But when the han is attacked by bandits, Yazul has an idea. With the help of his grandfather, he might just be able to use his kite-making skills to scare the bandits away and save the han . Will Yazul's courage and cleverness make his father proud?


Author Notes

Mal Peet was born in 1947. Before becoming a children's author, he worked as a teacher and for educational publishers. His first novel, Keeper, won the Branford Boase award and Nestle Children's Book Award. He also won the Carnegie Medal in 2006 for Tamar and the Guardian children's fiction prize in 2009 for Exposure. He co-authored a series of children's books with his wife Elspeth Graham. His first novel for adults, The Murdstone Trilogy, was published in 2014. He died from cancer on March 2, 2015 at the age of 67.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Yazul lives in a han, a walled settlement that shelters travelers on the Silk Road. Though his widowed father, the lord of the han, is rather distant, the boy enjoys making and flying kites with his grandfather. After a prank goes wrong and causes his grandmother to drop a precious bowl, Yazul's father accuses him of idleness and orders him to work as a kitchen drudge. Then bandits besiege the settlement, which nearly runs out of food and water. Fortunately, Yazul comes up with an ingenious plan to drive their enemies away. Though the setting's time and place aren't precisely determined, this nicely designed and illustrated volume offers a story with broad appeal. Yazul and his grandfather are sympathetic characters, but so is his strict father, given the weight of his experiences and responsibilities. Yazul's pleasure in gaining his approval is clear. Created with pen and watercolor, Benson's detailed illustrations help readers envision Yazul's world. A well-knit story that reads aloud beautifully.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Peet and Graham, who most recently collaborated on Mysterious Traveler, add to their library of tales about children from other times and places with this story about Yazul, a boy who lives along the Silk Road. Yazul's father is lord of a han, of one of the great communal shelters along the trade route, and Yazul earns his displeasure by breaking a precious plate, a family heirloom. When bandits lay siege to the han, Yazul redeems himself with a surprising scheme. "Is this how you imagined them?" asks Yazul's kindly grandfather, helping the boy construct giant black kites with which he plans to terrify the bandits. "Are they scary enough?" Using one of the new inventions that the Silk Road brought to the West, Grandfather loads gunpowder into kites' bamboo tails so they'll explode like firecrackers. Benson's (North) pen-and-watercolor portraits concentrate on details of costume and culture, lingering on Yazul's peaked boots and upturned cap. The result is an adventure that, despite its distant setting, makes it clear that Yazul is not very different from the readers of his story. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-This rich, engaging story is a welcome addition to historical fiction, introducing life along the Silk Road. Yazul lives in a han, a walled town where merchants could find shelter and safety, of which his father is the lord. Yazul's father disapproves of his interest in kite-making and wants him to learn to run the han instead. When bandits lay siege to the town, however, it is Yazul's skill and ingenuity that provide a solution and, ultimately, inspire his father's admiration. The writing is wonderfully descriptive, creating a realistic setting, a quick-moving plot, and sympathetic characters with minimal text. Throughout the book, watercolor illustrations perfectly complement the action while providing additional plot and historical details that allow readers to imagine more fully the time and place. Although the latter aren't specified, the uniqueness of the story and its setting make it a wonderful offering for readers looking for a far-flung, adventure-filled story.-Marian McLeod, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CT (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.