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Flying the Dragon

Flying the Dragon

Natalie Dias Lorenzi's debut, FLYING THE DRAGON, came out in summer 2012 to quite a lot of buzz, for example:

Starred review from Kirkus
IndieBound Kids' Summer Next List pick (2012)
New York Public LIbrary Children's Books 2012: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing (2012)
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Awards for Choice Award (2013)
Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List (2013-2014)
ALSC Notable Children's Books Discussion List (2013)
Georgia Children's Book Award,alternate (2013-2014)
Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year (2013)
IRA Children's and Young Adult Book Award (2013)
Sakura Medal Nominee (2014)
Missouri Association of School Librarians Readers Awards Nominee (2014-2015)

Wow, right? But even beyond that were the loving blog reviews from teachers and kids, saying how much they adored the dual protagonists of Hiroshi and Susan, and the multiple mentions that there aren't enough books that portray a contemporary immigrant experience for kids, or show modern cultural diversity in such an honest way.

Well, we hope those readers will be as happy as we are that the story in FLYING THE DRAGON will be expanded on with a companion novel, SOMEPLACE LIKE HOME, which will follow the journey of Ravi, Hiroshi's friend from ESL class. Ravi's journey begins in Pakistan, as he and his mother and sister leave to live in the United States, not knowing if Ravi's father will ever be able to join them--Pakistani officials have taken him into custody for reasons Ravi does not understand. Ravi adapts to a new country and a new school, and meets his friend Hiroshi, all with the worry about his father permeating his days. While Hiroshi's story had kite-making and kite-fighting woven through it, Ravi's will be filled with the love of his favorite sport back home, cricket, and the one that replaces it in the U.S.: baseball.

We are so pleased that Julie Ham at Charlesbridge has stepped up to bring this one on board after Natalie's editor for FLYING THE DRAGON, left to become an agent. Huge congratulations, Natalie!