Kite Fighters

by Linda Sue Park
Clarion Books, March 20, 2000
Language: English
Hardcover: 978-0395940419
Paperback: 978-0440418139
136 pages, ages 10-12

The Kite Fighters

In Seoul, Korea, in 1473, Young-sup and his older brother Kee-sup are excited about the New Year kite competition. Young-sup is an expert at kite flying. He knows just what his kite wants him to do. Kee-sup has trouble handling his kite, but can build and design a kite fit for a king.

Each brother knows his own talents as they practice together for the New Year kite-fighting competition. But according to tradition, Kee-sup, the first-born son, must represent the family. Young-sup knows he must help his older brother and stay in second place. But that doesn’t stop him from hoping for the chance to show his great skill as a kite fighter.’

Resources

Read an excerpt from Kite Fighters.

If you’d like to learn more about kite fighting, David Gomberg is the technical expert who checked the manuscript of The Kite Fighters to make sure it was accurate. His website is full of information on kite-flying and kite-fighting!

Kite Fighters

Recognition

2002 California Young Readers Medal finalist
2001 Notable Books for a Global Society
2000 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year
2004 Texas Bluebonnet Master List
2005 Arizona Young Readers’ Master List

Reviews

“Though the story is set in medieval times, the brothers have many of the same issues facing siblings today. They play and argue, they compete for their father's attention, and eventually develop a greater understanding of one another. The author has drawn her characters with a sure touch, creating two very different boys struggling to figure out who they are. With ease and grace, Park brings these long-ago children to life.”

—School Library Journal, starred review

“Besides catching the excitement of the ancient sport, the novel deals with intense sibling rivalry engendered by Korean family tradition. ... An author's note authenticates some historical points in the fictional story, which feels consistently well-grounded in its time and place.”

—Booklist

“Tradition and family loyalty come into question in this book by the recently named Newbery Medalist, set in Seoul, Korea, in 1473. Two brothers anticipate the annual New Year's Kite competition, wondering how to balance convention and love for one's talent.”

—Publishers Weekly

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