the first years of the twentieth century, 8-year-old Moon
Shadow leaves China to join his father, Windrider, in San
Francisco. Moon Shadow learns that his father, a master
kitemaker, dreams of building and flying his own airplane.
Chinese tradition and culture come vividly to life as father
and son face the challenges of living in America. They experience
discrimination, but also make valued friends. The 1906 San
Francisco earthquake and fire bring destruction but new
opportunities for the boy and his father. In the dramatic
conclusion, Moon Shadow and Windrider execute a dangerous
attempt at flight.
Dragonwings"—article by Laurence Yep
Chinese Kites—informative nonfiction by Wang Hongxun
Personal Recollections"—personal narrative by Gerstle
at Kill Devil Hills"—history by Becky Welch
The Case of the Goblin Pearls—fiction by Laurence