The King of Dragons

The King of Dragons Read by Alan Ruck hours minutes cassettesEleven 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 vas

  • Title: The King of Dragons
  • Author: Carol Fenner Allan Ruck
  • ISBN: 9780736690201
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Audio
  • Read by Alan Ruck4 hours 56 minutes, 3 cassettesEleven 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 returRead by Alan Ruck4 hours 56 minutes, 3 cassettesEleven 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.

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    1. Ian and his father have been on the streets for awhile now. His dad, a Vietnam vet, has taught Ian the skills and philosophies of street survival. Recently they have been living in the abandoned court house. One day, Ian's father doesn't come back and Ian is alone. To make matter worse, Ian is about to lose his "home" because an art exhibit is being brought into the court house. Ian observes those working to set up the exhibit and learns all about the kites. He is especially intrigued by Jean, a [...]

    2. I am never exceptionally impressed with Robert B. Parker's books. The Spenser series is entertaining enough, with some witty dialog. Hawk is always entertaining and the exploits of Spenser and Susan's dogs add a fun dimension as well. This time out Spenser is asked to look into a 28 year old murder (the 28 years makes a somewhat funny running gag). Along the way, Spenser crosses paths with an angry mobster, a psychotic enforcer, a modern day hippy stoner, and the other assorted characters. Spens [...]

    3. Eleven-year-old Ian and his father have been homeless for the past several years. Then one night, Ian's father fails to return to their "home". Ian's precarious survival on his own, following all the precautions his father has taught him, makes absorbing reading in this contemporary story of a closely knit, remarkably independent father and son by a 1996 Newbery Honor winner.

    4. Clean so far. A close-up look at the lives of homeless teens. A little slow but the reality of the situation comes in the details. A good look at another side of inner-city life.

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