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Shadow of the Dragon
ISBN: 9780152735326
Author: Garland, Sherry
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: October 1993
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Annotation: Sixteen-year-old Danny Vo is caught between two cultures-the American world of his Houston high school and his Vietnamese home life. Life gets even more complicated when Danny' s cousin Sang Le comes to live with them after spending years in a reeducation camp in Vietnam. Failing school and unable to get a job, Sang Le joins a Vietnamese gang. Danny must also contend with another dangerous gang-the white supremacist skinheads that his new girlfriend' s brother belongs to. " Excellent characterizations and a complex, believable plot are blended into a moving story of the immigrant experience." --"Booklist"

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Vietnamese Americans; Fiction.
Refugees; Fiction.
Family life; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 93017258
Lexile Measure: 840
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 20th Century
Target Age Group: Age 12-14
Target Grade: Grade 7-9
Grade level: Grade 7-9
Physical Information: 1.00" H x 100.00" L x 4.25" W
Lexile Level: 840
Bargain Category: Social Issues, Middle School, Historical Fiction, High School
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 10297
Reading Level: 5.2   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 9.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q10258
Reading Level: 7.5   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 13.0
 
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Publisher Description:
Sixteen-year-old Danny Vo is caught between two cultures-the American world of his Houston high school and his Vietnamese home life. Life gets even more complicated when Danny' s cousin Sang Le comes to live with them after spending years in a reeducation camp in Vietnam. Failing school and unable to get a job, Sang Le joins a Vietnamese gang. Danny must also contend with another dangerous gang-the white supremacist skinheads that his new girlfriend' s brother belongs to. " Excellent characterizations and a complex, believable plot are blended into a moving story of the immigrant experience." --"Booklist"
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1994)
Danny Vo's attempts to meld his responsibilities as the oldest son in a traditional Vietnamese family and his desire to be part of the mainstream of American life are complicated by a runaway younger sister; a newly arrived cousin who becomes involved with a dangerous gang; and Tiffany, the girl he loves. Rich characterizations and an earthy view of the Vietnamese immigrant experience distinguish the coming-of-age novel. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1993 November #1)
Danny Vo, the teenage son of Vietnamese immigrants, has conflicting goals: on one hand he wants to date golden-haired Tiffany Marie and be just like the rest of his classmates in Texas, and on the other hand he wants to show respect for his tradition-bound grandmother, who rules the family with an iron fist. Into this volatile situation steps Sang Le, Danny's cousin, who has spent much of his life in a Communist ``re-education'' camp but has now come to join Danny's family. Garland adds to this mix a dangerous gang of Vietnamese youths and a band of angry skinheads who stalk the streets of the Vos' Houston suburb. The inevitable violence shatters all whom it touches. Garland's ( Song of the Buffalo Boy ) expert dramatization and deliberate pacing build steadily for a thoroughly gripping, thought-provoking work. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) Copyright 1993 Cahners Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1993 November)
Gr 7-12-Danny Vo is a typical American teenager, concerned about obtaining his driver's license, finding a job, and getting a date with blonde, beautiful Tiffany Marie. At home, however, he must take the role of the elder son in a Vietnamese family. Tension increases when his older cousin Sang Le comes to stay with them in Houston. A former prisoner in a Vietnamese re-education camp and then a refugee in Hong Kong, Sang Le is overwhelmed in his new homeland. Bad grades and his inability to get a job cause him to take up with a Vietnamese gang. Just as Danny thinks he has gotten his cousin away from its members, Sang Le is tragically beaten to death by a group of white supremacist skinheads, one of whom is Tiffany Marie's brother. Garland has written a coming-of-age novel with strong characters and a sensitive portrayal of a youth rooted in two cultures. She has also deftly woven in authentic details about Vietnamese lore and customs and shown how they are adapted in a new setting.-Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA Copyright 1993 Cahners Business Information.