Read by Alan Ruck
4 hours 56 minutes, 3 cassettes
Eleven-year-old Ian and his father, a Vietnam veteran, have been homeless for several years. Now his father has found the perfect place for them, the vast, old, now unused city courthouse. As a historic monument, it is kept heated and has lots of bathrooms and a variety of exits and entrances. Then Ian's father fails to return one night, and Ian discovers that a local museum is going to put a six-week exhibit of kites from around the world in one fo the largest courtrooms.
As the kites arrive and the exhibit is mounted, Ian is increasingly fascinated by what he sees when no one is there and what he overhears. The kites are beautiful—extraordinary, imaginative, and varied. Because he reads all the books on kites what are there, Ian becomes quite an expert. He bluffs his way into being accepted as a very bright and knowledgeable boy who can, when the exhibit opens, take groups of schoolchildren around.
Ian's precarious survival on his own, following all the precautions his father has taught him, makes absorbing reading in this highly unusual, realistic story of a closely knit remarkably independent father and son but the author of the 1996 Newbery Honor winner, Yolanda's Genius—also available on audio from Listening Library. ... Read more
Customer Reviews (5)
The King of Dragons
The King of Dragons is a pretty exciting book about an eleven year old boy named Ian. His dad was a Veitnam Veteran. They are homeless so the live in an abandoned court house. One day Ian's dad leaves And doesn't come back. Ian has to survive on his own in hope of the returning of his father. Strangers come to the courthouse while Ian spies on them and listens to their plans of making a kite museum out of the courthouse. What will Ian do about these intruders. I thought that this book was kind of long and it was a little boring. I would recommend this book to someone who isn't really an action kind of person.
King of Dragons
The King of Dragons is very cool.It's about a boy living in the Hall of Justice.He can't leave any traces.It was a very good book.Tons of details!Read it to find out more about it!
King of Dragons
In Carol Fenner's book, King of Dragons, she does a wonderful job developing the personality of her young character, Ian.Ian is an innovative and intuitive character who's survival skills are intriging. While reading you will find yourself side by side with Ian as his adventureunravels in the abandoned Hall of Justice Building.Experience the joys,the frustrations, and fears of Ian in this realistic young adult novel. Once you begin reading this book, it is hard to put it down.Enjoy!
Amazing tale of self-sufficiency
I thought I might be a bit old for a book like this, but since I was running out of things to read I ordered it from a book club. At first the novel was a little boring, but soon it grew on me. I love it! With mixedreluctance and eagerness, I finished the story today. Ian was ingenious,surviving as he did for so long. He bravely faced life without his father.The way that they'd lived in the old courthouse was interesting. When Mr.Bayless left and the place was converted into a kite museum, the boy spiedon the workers until he knew them intimately. Like the reviewer below said,Ian didn't become pessimistic over his traumatic life. He inspires hope.You'll enjoy reading about his adventures.I reccomend "King ofDragons" to anyone!
A Wonderful Book for Kids and Grown-ups Alike!
I simply can't say enough about Carol Fenner's "The King of Dragon's."It's a wonderful story about the ceaseless wonder of childhood in the midst of a life filled with terrible loss, poverty anduncertainty.The very opposite of cynicism, this book presents the mostcompelling case for genuineness, optimism and hope one is likely to runacross at the end of the twentieth century.
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