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McCaughrean, Geraldine
New York : HarperCollins, 2002
IL 5-8, RL 6.2
ISBN 0066238757
This cannot be happening.  Gou Haoyou watches as his father's body sails further into the clouds.  He is a victim of a jealous rival.  Di Chou has been jealous of Gou Pei for a long time.  Now he finds a way to get rid of him.  Gou Pei is chosen to ride the ship's hatch into the sky like a giant kite.  The flight of the hatch will determine the destiny of the ship.  Gou Pei does not survive the ride into the sky.  Now Gou Haoyou is without a father and the family must rely on Great Uncle Bo.  Bo who is only interested in himself -- not in what is good for his family.  To escape the evil uncle, Haoyou comes up with a plan to become a kite maker and support his mother and sister on the money he will make.  But Di Chou has other plans.  He is determined to marry Haoyou's mother.  Join Haoyou as he finds himself joining a traveling circus and meeting the great Kublai Khan himself.  Can Haoyou survive the very thing that killed his father?
SUBJECTS:     China -- History -- Yuan dynasty, 1260-1368 -- Fiction.
                        Kites -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Fiction.
                        Mongols -- Fiction.
                        Circus -- Fiction.
                        Kublai Khan, 1216-1294 -- Fiction.


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