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Laurence Yep

Autor(a) de Dragonwings

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About the Author

Laurence Yep was born in San Francisco, California on June 14, 1948. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1970 and received a Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He primarily writes fiction for young adults, but has also written and edited mostrar mais several works for adults. His first novel, Sweetwater, was published in 1973. His other books include Dragonwings, Dragon's Gate, Shadow Lord, Child of the Owl, The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, and The Dragon's Child: A Story of Angel Island. He has won numerous awards for his work including the Newbery Medal Honor Book, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Laurence Yep

Dragonwings (1975) 2,450 exemplares
Dragon's Gate (1993) 1,539 exemplares
The Star Fisher (1991) 900 exemplares
Hiroshima (1995) 831 exemplares
Isabelle (2014) 589 exemplares
Child of the Owl (1977) 468 exemplares
Shadow Lord (1985) 461 exemplares
Mia (2008) 415 exemplares
Dragon of the Lost Sea (1987) 410 exemplares
Cockroach Cooties (2000) 372 exemplares
Spring Pearl: The Last Flower (2002) 343 exemplares
The Rainbow People (1989) 305 exemplares
Later, Gator (1995) 270 exemplares
Dragon Steel (1985) 196 exemplares
Designs by Isabelle (2014) 193 exemplares
When the Circus Came to Town (2002) 185 exemplares
The Tiger's Apprentice (2003) 180 exemplares
The Lost Garden (1990) 171 exemplares
Dragon Cauldron (1991) 167 exemplares
To the Stars, Isabelle (2014) 166 exemplares
The Serpent's Children (1984) 155 exemplares
Dragon War (1992) 153 exemplares
Ribbons (1996) 129 exemplares
The Traitor (2003) 128 exemplares
American Dragons: Twenty-five Asian American Voices (1995) — Editor — 123 exemplares
City of Fire (2009) 122 exemplares
Bravo, Mia! (2008) 120 exemplares
Thief of Hearts (1995) 112 exemplares
The Man Who Tricked A Ghost (1995) 108 exemplares
Mountain Light (1985) 100 exemplares
The Junior Thunder Lord (1994) 90 exemplares
Sweetwater (1973) 89 exemplares
Dream Soul (2000) 87 exemplares
The Case of the Goblin Pearls (1997) 85 exemplares
The Magic Paintbrush (2000) 85 exemplares
City of Dragons (1995) 78 exemplares
Dragon Road (2008) 74 exemplares
The Amah (1999) 74 exemplares
Angelfish (1841) 73 exemplares
Sea Glass (1979) 68 exemplares
The Cook's Family (1998) 64 exemplares
The Case of the Lion Dance (1998) 63 exemplares
Tiger's Blood (2004) 61 exemplares
Dragons of Silk (2011) 59 exemplares
The Ghost Fox (1605) 55 exemplares
Tiger Woman (1995) 46 exemplares
City of Ice (2011) 42 exemplares
Tiger Magic (2006) 42 exemplares
Monster Makers, Inc. (1986) 40 exemplares
Tongues of Jade (1991) 39 exemplares
The Case of the Firecrackers (1999) 39 exemplares
The Star Maker (2010) 38 exemplares
Seademons (1977) 36 exemplares
The Imp That Ate My Homework (1998) 33 exemplares
The Curse of the Squirrel (1987) 32 exemplares
The Butterfly Boy (1993) 30 exemplares
Auntie Tiger (2008) 24 exemplares
City of Death (2013) 23 exemplares
The Boy Who Swallowed Snakes (1994) 17 exemplares
Liar, Liar (1983) 14 exemplares
The Mark Twain Murders (1982) 12 exemplares
Kind Hearts and Gentle Monsters (1982) 10 exemplares
The Tom Sawyer Fires (1984) 8 exemplares
Gl Dragonwings/Rdgs G7 2000 (2000) 7 exemplares
Isabelle in the City eShort (2014) 5 exemplares
Breaker's Bridge 2 exemplares
The Selchey Kids 1 exemplar
Thestar Fisher 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Guys Write for Guys Read (2005) — Contribuidor — 764 exemplares
World's Best Science Fiction: 1969 (1969) — Contribuidor — 179 exemplares
Quark/2 (1971) — Contribuidor — 52 exemplares
Protostars (1971) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
Strange Bedfellows (1973) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
Spooky Stories for a Dark and Stormy Night (1945) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
Visions of Tomorrow: An Interstellar Collection (1976) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares
Demon Kind (11-in-1) (1973) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Alfa Vier: SF-Verhalen (1976) 12 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Found: YA?? Fantasy-ish, eastern dragon?? em Name that Book (Setembro 2021)
Dragonwings, Laurence Yep em World Reading Circle (Setembro 2013)


Spotted the preview on for the streaming adaptation on YouTube and had no idea this was book until then. I have read a couple of other of Yep's books as kids, but haven't done so in years. I did enjoy the idea of this young boy in San Francisco discovering he has magical abilities and must join a ragtag team of guardian spirits to help protect an ancient talisman to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. A normal childhood experience, haha.

So when Tom finds Mr. Hu, a tiger, must guard this dragon egg, he also of course must learn and go through the training and trials and tribulations of being a hero in training. It is not really a new story, although it was fun and interesting to see the Chinese mythology (which I am not familiar with) mixed in with the relatively modern day setting.

I had to agree with the low ratings. I thought I'd enjoy this since I did like the original Percy Jackson series, but this was pretty dull and the trailer for the Paramount movie looks way better and did a better job of explaining the story. I could not really get into this, which surprised me because while I do not really recall the other Yep books I read, I remember liking them as a kid. Did I outgrow the author? Is this just not the right book or time for me to read it? I don't know.

In any case, it may be just one of those books that works better as an adaptation and I do look forward to it. This still also might be a good read for the Percy Jackson fan in your life and/or someone interested in Chinese mythology. I'll still watch the movie, too.

Got this as a bargain buy and that was fine. I would guess it should be available at the library or bookstore, especially with the movie being released, too.
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HoldMyBook | 3 outras críticas | Feb 12, 2024 |
side note: I think it's weird that my tags on one edition don't carry over to another, but perhaps that's in case people use tags for shelf organizing? I dunno.

Ribbons is the first of several books that follow Robin, an eleven year old biracial dancer. Robin's parents want to bring over her maternal grandmother from Hong Kong to live with them in San Francisco (re-reading as an adult, I recognize a temporal sign post: a few years prior to Great Britain "returning" the colony of Hong Kong to China in 1997, though you could pick up on this being a '90s book with corded phones, cassette tapes, and giant heavy camcorders). However, the process is expensive and requires sacrifices... like ending ballet lessons for Robin. To her, dance is freedom so she becomes very resentful when Grandmother finally arrives and her life feels upended, moving in with her brother so Grandmother can have her room, etc.

Upon reread, I noticed that the Ribbons books (for lack of a series title) all tie into fairy tales- The Cook's Family was Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, The Amah was Cinderella, and this one is the Little Mermaid (I don't remember what Angelfish connects to, though). Robin & Grandmother eventually connect over the shared understanding of walking through pain to be free, setting up for a really lovely dynamic between grandparent and grandchild.

Skirting around the edges of Ribbons is also the concept of face: Robin's parents don't want people to know the reason ballet lessons are on pause is because they can't afford it, and while Robin's uncles Eddie and Georgie are seemingly successful, it very much looks like a front to look prosperous (luckily, Grandmother cuts to the core and puts her children in line). There's a fair amount of self-sacrificing and then lying to others pretending everything's fine, which I feel is such a specific cultural note that rings true.

Like The Cook's Family cover, I do think this was a missed opportunity to show a mixed-race child, but also as an ABC I appreciate putting Robin on the cover at all because Laurence Yep's books were among the few that had kids with similar backgrounds to me, that look like me.
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Daumari | Dec 28, 2023 |



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