The Kite Fighters


By Linda Sue Park

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A tale of two brothers in fifteenth-century Korea from theNewbery Medal winner and #1 New York Times–bestselling author of A Long Walk to Water.
In this riveting novel, two brothers discover a shared passion for kites. Kee-sup can craft a kite unequaled in strength and beauty, but his younger brother, Young-sup, can fly a kite as if he controlled the wind itself. It's like the kite is part of him—the part that wants to fly.
Their combined skills attract the notice of Korea's young king, who chooses Young-sup to fly the royal kite in the New Year kite-flying competition—an honor that is also an awesome responsibility. Although tradition decrees, and the boys' father insists, that the older brother represent the family, both brothers know that this time the family's honor is best left in Young-sup's hands. But how do you stand up to the way things have always been?
This touching and suspenseful historical novel from the author of A Single Shard, filled with the authentic detail and flavor of traditional Korean kite fighting, brings a remarkable setting vividly to life.
"The final contest . . . is riveting. Though the story is set in medieval times, the brothers have many of the same issues facing siblings today." —School Library Journal (starred review) 
"Readers will enjoy watching these engaging characters find ways of overcoming webs of social and cultural constraints to achieve a common goal, and the author expresses the pleasures of creating and flying kites—'A few sticks, a little paper, some string. And the wind. Kite magic'—with contagious enthusiasm." —Kirkus Reviews
The Kite Fighters