Kite Rider, The

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by Geraldine McCaughrean

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.

Author Geraldine McCaughrean
Narrator Cynthia Bishop
Length 6 hrs and 53 mins
© Copyright 2002 Geraldine McCaughrean
℗ Audio Copyright 2004 Full Cast Audio


“…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  [udesign_icon_font name=”fa fa-star” color=”#dd9933″ size=”1em”] Starred 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 [udesign_icon_font name=”fa fa-star” color=”#dd9933″ size=”1em”] Starred Review

An ALA Notable, an ALA Best Books for Young Adults.

Listen to samples from this audiobook:
  1. Introduction: at the docks, the circus arrives (2:45) Geraldine McCaughrean 2:46
  2. How a circus works, and the pleasures of money (1:25) Geraldine McCaughrean 1:25
  3. Blind obedience (1:18) Geraldine McCaughrean 1:19
  4. Trailer (2:48) Geraldine McCaughrean 2:49

Meet the Cast:
David Baker the Great Miao
Cynthia Bishop Narrator
Bob Brophy Bukhur
Bruce Coville Sailor, etc.
Ted Davenport Uncle Bo
Galen Druke Haoyou
Ann Marie Grathwol Mipeng
Todd Hobin Sailor, etc.
Mimi Mead Neighbor woman
Bill Molesky Di Chou
Gerard Moses Kublai Khan
Lauren Synger Mother
Thea Van Der Ven Auntie Mo
Directed by: Daniel Bostick
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