Title Profile & Character Information

The Kite Rider

Annotation
Up and up the wind drew him. Haoyou looked about him and saw the wholeworld beneath him. And it was his. The Great Miao, master of the Jade Circus, offers Haoyou the amazing chance to escape his family's poverty -- by becoming a kite rider. Strapped onto a beautiful scarlet-and-gold kite, Haoyou is sent into the sky, earning money, freedom, and unexpected fame. Miao even plans for Haoyou to perform before Kublai Khan himself. From Carnegie Medalist Geraldine McCaughrean comes a dazzling story of adventure, betrayal, family, and sacrifice set in the dramatic world of thirteenth-century China.

Awards
2001  NestlĂ© Children's Book Prize
2002  School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
2003  American Library Association Notable Books for Children

Characters
NameHaoyou
GenderMale
OccupationCircus performer
TraitFatherless

NameMipeng
GenderFemale

NameKublai Khan
GenderMale
OccupationRuler
TraitMongolian

GenreAdventure
Coming of age
Domestic
Fiction
Historical
TopicsFamily relationships
Boys
Death of a parent
Circus life
Journeys
Self-sacrifice
Personal growth
SettingChina