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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 de Laurence Yep

Dragonwings (1975) 2,552 cópias
Dragon's Gate (1993) 1,591 cópias
The Star Fisher (1991) 927 cópias
Hiroshima (1995) 874 cópias
Isabelle (2014) 614 cópias
Child of the Owl (1977) 479 cópias
Shadow Lord (1985) 468 cópias
Mia (2008) 433 cópias
Dragon of the Lost Sea (1987) 420 cópias
Cockroach Cooties (2000) 391 cópias
Spring Pearl: The Last Flower (2002) 357 cópias
The Rainbow People (1989) 318 cópias
Later, Gator (1995) 285 cópias
Designs by Isabelle (2014) 201 cópias
Dragon Steel (1985) 200 cópias
When the Circus Came to Town (2002) 191 cópias
The Tiger's Apprentice (2003) 187 cópias
Dragon Cauldron (1991) 174 cópias
The Lost Garden (1990) 173 cópias
To the Stars, Isabelle (2014) 171 cópias
The Serpent's Children (1984) 162 cópias
Dragon War (1992) 160 cópias
Ribbons (1996) 137 cópias
The Traitor (2003) 137 cópias
American Dragons: Twenty-five Asian American Voices (1995) — Editor — 127 cópias
Bravo, Mia! (2008) 126 cópias
City of Fire (2009) 121 cópias
Thief of Hearts (1995) 116 cópias
The Man Who Tricked A Ghost (1995) 114 cópias
Mountain Light (1985) 107 cópias
Dream Soul (2000) 95 cópias
The Magic Paintbrush (2000) 95 cópias
The Junior Thunder Lord (1994) 94 cópias
Sweetwater (1973) 90 cópias
City of Dragons (1995) 81 cópias
The Amah (1999) 76 cópias
Dragon Road (2008) 76 cópias
Angelfish (1841) 74 cópias
Sea Glass (1979) 71 cópias
The Case of the Lion Dance (1998) 68 cópias
The Cook's Family (1998) 66 cópias
Tiger's Blood (2004) 64 cópias
Dragons of Silk (2011) 61 cópias
The Ghost Fox (1994) 56 cópias
Tiger Woman (1995) 51 cópias
Tiger Magic (2006) 46 cópias
The Case of the Firecrackers (1999) 44 cópias
City of Ice (2011) 43 cópias
Tongues of Jade (1991) 42 cópias
Monster Makers, Inc. (1986) 42 cópias
The Star Maker (2010) 40 cópias
Seademons (1977) 37 cópias
The Imp That Ate My Homework (1998) 35 cópias
The Curse of the Squirrel (1987) 35 cópias
The Butterfly Boy (1993) 32 cópias
Auntie Tiger (2008) 24 cópias
City of Death (2013) 24 cópias
The Boy Who Swallowed Snakes (1994) 21 cópias
Liar, Liar (1983) 15 cópias
The Mark Twain Murders (1982) 12 cópias
The Tom Sawyer Fires (1984) 9 cópias
Gl Dragonwings/Rdgs G7 2000 (2000) 8 cópias
Isabelle in the City eShort (2014) 6 cópias
Breaker's Bridge 2 cópias
In My Own Words/Series, 4 Volumes (1990) 1 exemplar(es)
Thestar Fisher 1 exemplar(es)
The Selchey Kids 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Guys Write for Guys Read (2005) — Contribuinte — 775 cópias
World's Best Science Fiction: 1969 (1969) — Contribuinte — 180 cópias
Quark/2 (1971) — Contribuinte — 53 cópias
Protostars (1971) — Contribuinte — 45 cópias
Strange Bedfellows (1973) — Contribuinte — 41 cópias
Spooky Stories for a Dark and Stormy Night (1945) — Contribuinte — 38 cópias
Visions of Tomorrow: An Interstellar Collection (1976) — Contribuinte — 34 cópias
Demon Kind (11-in-1) (1973) — Contribuinte — 18 cópias
Alfa Vier: SF-Verhalen (1976) 12 cópias


Conhecimento Comum



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


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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