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Little Tiger and the Year of the Dragon: The Dragon King of Beijing (Volume 1)

Patterson, D. Byron

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ISBN 10: 0985169826 / ISBN 13: 9780985169824
Published by Love & Fleece, LLC, 2012
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Title: Little Tiger and the Year of the Dragon: The...

Publisher: Love & Fleece, LLC

Publication Date: 2012

Book Condition:Good

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An Ancient Prophecy, a Secret Destiny, an Incredible Fantasy Adventure.

It is Chinese New Year, the first day of the Year of the Dragon. When Master Ming Wu, a Chinese dragon disguised as a mysterious elderly gardener, makes orphan Little Tiger his son and heir, he secretly puts the fate of the world into the boy's hands. But suddenly finding his life in terrible danger, Little Tiger must flee China for the safety of North America -- in Tarpon Springs, Florida -- where an incredible destiny awaits.

From the Author:

D. B. Patterson's deeply personal professional mission to create flawed characters who aspire to better themselves or try to achieve redemption was forged from his development of Lamby Lambpants, a disfigured toy lamb magically brought to life by Chinese dragon magic. 

"The time spent creating Lamby's world rooted me to an economical kind of storytelling, which can be honest and emotionally engaging when it's done the right way. Although Little Tiger's tale was crafted from simple ingredients, the themes come from the collective unconscious, which are heightened when presented in their simplest forms. For me, blindly revealing what's already there in our shared human mythology isn't as interesting as peeling back the layers of the journey a character takes toward that revelation. Speaking of which...
"Chinese dragons are kind of thin on the ground where I live in Florida, so I had to do some research before I began writing the story of a Chinese orphan leaving his home in Asia and coming to the United States. I spent months delving ancient Asian mythology, specifically the early legends about gods, royalty, magic, sacred beasts, and the strange dance between the worlds of the spirit, the living and the dead. As I shifted from research to world building for my Chinese orphan, I decided to make his story a modern one by bringing him over to my neck of the woods in Florida to see how things play out.
"Rooting the plot in Florida was very entertaining for me, as the characters are traveling the world fighting demonic forces, only to come back to a tiny coastal city on the Gulf of Mexico. Having the characters live in a place not terribly known for magic or dragons or heroes really appealed to me. It makes the action of the events that much more extraordinary, which is ultimately what sets this series apart from others similar in its scope. 

"There are universal themes here: coming of age, finding your family, leaving home and going back there, struggling with identity, facing fear, watching people you care about die, falling in love, discovering your true purpose. It's a multicultural storymodern-day myth with bits about hidden ancient royalty and the supernatural (my favorite parts to write). Each character is from somewhere else in the world and has a vital part to play in shaping Little Tiger's journey."

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