Falling into the dragon's mouth

by Thompson, Holly,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Dormont Public Library Juvenile Fiction J THOM
Location  Dormont Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  J THOM
Scott Township Library Juvenile Fiction J FIC THOMPS
Location  Scott Township Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  J FIC THOMPS

In a Japanese seaside neighborhood lives Jason Parker:

a sixth grader
one year older than his classmates
a stinking foreigner to some classmates
an orange belt in aikido
a big brother

Jason Parker is just a boy trying to get through his days with calm and courage. If only everyone around him would let him.

This is a beautifully spare novel in verse about one boy's life--a story that will resonate with anyone who has ever struggled to fit in.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Not all American expatriates live a cushy life in Japan. Jason would be in sixth grade back home, but he is fully immersed in the local public school, where, despite his excellent language skills, he sticks out like a sore thumb, attracting a vicious group of bullies. The teachers turn a blind eye as Jason suffers and the tension mounts between him and his tormentors. Meanwhile, his mother takes on extra English students, struggling to find tuition for the local American school, but will that day come soon enough? And how far will the bullies go in their quest to disgrace the American boy? To survive, Jason must rely on his own ability to listen to others, his powers of quiet observation, and, above all, his personal courage. Based on Thompson's own family experiences living in Japan, the story rings true in every detail, and occasional, lovely brush-and-ink illustrations enhance the reader's experience. The closing glossary is also helpful.--Zeitlin Cooke, Ariel Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Americans -- Japan -- Juvenile fiction.
Bullying -- Juvenile fiction.
Schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Novels in verse.
Americans -- Japan -- Fiction.
Bullying -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Japan -- Juvenile fiction.
Japan -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2016
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 343 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781627791342
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