cover image THE KITE RIDER


Geraldine McCaughrean, . . HarperTrophy, $6.99 (307pp) ISBN 978-0-06-441091-5

Set in 13th-century China, this novel begins with a 12-year-old boy who witnesses his father's death, then follows him on a journey that takes him to Kublai Khan's court. "With her exuberant, nonstop plotting and supremely colorful setting, the author grabs hold of readers' imaginations and doesn't let go," PW said. Ages 12-up. (Oct.)