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by | Read by Cynthia Bishop and a Full Cast

Young Adult • 6.75 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2002

When 12-year-old Haoyou's beloved father is killed, he must protect his little family from greedy relatives and from Di Chou, the ship's filthy, loutish first mate who caused his father's death. Haoyou manages, with the help of Mipeng, his cousin, to shanghai Di Chou. Before he returns, they run away with the Jade Circus, where Haoyou becomes a kite rider, soaring among the clouds, finding an affinity with the sky spirits. Below, Mipeng pretends to interpret "spirit messages" from the sky, and Chinese history unfolds like a paper fan. Eventually, Haoyou meets Kublai Khan and is conscripted into the Mongol army. Cynthia Bishop narrates the Full Cast audio production, as thrills, near-death experiences, and meticulous historical detail of thirteenth-century Chinese culture make this considerably more than a YA novel. S.J.H. 2005 YALSA Selection(c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/ SEP 04]



Library Ed. • Full Cast Audio • 2004

CS ISBN 1932076379 $29.00 • Four cassettes

CD ISBN 1932076387 $37.00 • Six CDs

DD ISBN $16.95

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