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The Kite Rider

by Geraldine McCaughrean

This title is now available on MP3-CD from Brilliance Audio for only $14.99. (Please go to Brilliance or to order - we no longer sell directly.)

A soaring story that will sweep listeners from the docks of China to the court of Kublai Khan as young Haoyou learns to ride the winds strapped to a great scarlet kite in the traveling circus of the Great Miao.

But other winds swirl about Haoyou, winds of revenge and deceit and greed. And no matter how high he flies, there is always greedy Uncle Bo, holding him like an anchor, waiting to drag him down.

A breathtaking historical novel from two time Whitbread Prize winner Geraldine McCaughrean.

The Kite Rider

Product Details:
Availability:  In Stock – Ready for Shipping
Editions:   sku     isbn-13     isbn-10     count  
  CD Economy     n/a     978-1-5012-3604-4     n/a     Six CDs  
Approximate Running Time:  6 hours

Librarians: click here for a printable product information page

Listen to samples from this audiobook:
Sample 1Introduction: at the docks, the circus arrives (2:45, about 2.5 MB)
Sample 2How a circus works, and the pleasures of money (1:25, about 1.3 MB)
Sample 3Blind obedience (1:18, about 1.2 MB)
Sample 4Trailer (2:48, about 2.6 MB)

"...thrills, near-death experiences, and meticulous historical detail of thirteenth-century Chinese culture make this considerably more than a YA novel."
    — AudioFile
"This is a marvelous listening adventure for the entire family. What makes this story an even more spectacular literary event is the recording, which is performed by a cast of 14 actors. The talented troupe makes this comparable to listening to a Broadway play."
    — KLIATT Sep 2004   Starred Review   Read entire review…
"Narrator Cynthia bishop is excellent ... the story is so wonderful that the recording will surely grip listeners."
    — School Library Journal
Praise for the print version of The Kite Rider:
"A marvelous, soaring story that gives you a glimpse into another world."
    — The Guardian (London)
"Exuberant, nonstop plotting and supremely colorful setting… grabs hold of readers’ imaginations and doesn’t let go."
    — Publisher’s Weekly
"A plot that sweeps readers along like the famous kamikaze wind... Ultimately, the characters transcend all boundaries as their common humanity touches readers' hearts."
    — School Library Journal
"McCaughrean fully immerses her memorable characters in the culture and lore of the ancient Chinese and Mongols, which make this not only a solid adventure story but also a window to a fascinating time and place rarely used as a background in children's fiction."
    — Booklist  Starred Review  Starred Review
An ALA Notable, an ALA Best Books for Young Adults.

Meet the Cast:

David Bakerthe Great Miao
Cynthia BishopNarrator
Bob BrophyBukhur
Bruce CovilleSailor, etc.
Ted DavenportUncle Bo
Galen DrukeHaoyou
Ann Marie GrathwolMipeng
Todd HobinSailor, etc.
Mimi MeadNeighbor woman
Bill MoleskyDi Chou
Gerard MosesKublai Khan
Lauren SyngerMother
Thea Van Der VenAuntie Mo
Directed by:Daniel Bostick
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