By McCaughrean, Geraldine
Up and up the wind drew him. Haoyou could hear the fibres of the rope creaking. Perhaps his kite would burst apart. Perhaps there would be no air to breathe at the top of the sky. They called him Gou Tian, Sky Hook, the boy who flies. No one had ever seen anything like it. Crowds... flocked to the Jade Circus to see the Bird Boy, the Sun Swallow, Ride-the-Evening-Cloud. But it's not just being strapped to a kite and sent up into the sky that is dangerous for Haoyou. Beyond the horizon, an army is travelling east towards the circus, the army of Khublai Khan. If the show isn't good enough, the Khan will cut his head off.Read more
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Geraldine McCaughrean, who lives in Berkshire, started her working life as a secretary with a television company. She attended Christ Church College of Education from 1973-77, has worked as an editor of the Banbury Focus, and as a literary assistant. After 10 years in a London publishing house she became a full time writer in 1988, since when she has won numerous awards for her books including the Whitbread Children's Novel Award, the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, and the Beefeater Children's Book of the year.
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