The Kite Rider
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.
|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 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 Starred Review
An ALA Notable, an ALA Best Books for Young Adults.
Listen to samples from this audiobook:
- Introduction: at the docks, the circus arrives (2:45) Geraldine McCaughrean 2:46
- How a circus works, and the pleasures of money (1:25) Geraldine McCaughrean 1:25
- Blind obedience (1:18) Geraldine McCaughrean 1:19
- Trailer (2:48) Geraldine McCaughrean 2:49
Meet the Cast:
|David Baker||the Great Miao|
|Bruce Coville||Sailor, etc.|
|Ted Davenport||Uncle Bo|
|Ann Marie Grathwol||Mipeng|
|Todd Hobin||Sailor, etc.|
|Mimi Mead||Neighbor woman|
|Bill Molesky||Di Chou|
|Gerard Moses||Kublai Khan|
|Thea Van Der Ven||Auntie Mo|
|Directed by:||Daniel Bostick|