|About the Book|
Going home isnt as simple as getting home! Chasing Dreams is the sequel to The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy, recounting the continuing adventures of Azuki, the girl who turns into a Toki, and her brother, Shota, who can become a sparrow. Outcasts, Tengu, Dragons, Tanuki, and all the uncertainty and chaos of Meiji-era Japan provide help and obstacles as they find a way to chase their dreams.(MORE) When Azuki, the girl who turns into a Toki, and her brother, the Sparrow-Boy Shota, finally reach their home village to claim their human identities, they find chaos and war. A traveling monk shelters them from battle, hiding Azuki in plain sight as a boy acolyte and Shota as her pet sparrow. In the midst of the fight, Azuki discovers an asset even more valuable than her brilliant feathers. This, she realizes, is the asset the foreigners seek, and this is what the rightful lord -- the one who doesn’t want to kill her -- can use to cement his claim!Yuta, the monk, agrees to take them to the capitol and get them in to see the properly appointed Lord Eitaro, but they must outrun the battle first. Karasu Tengu, nasty bird-humanoids that follow battles and harass monks, spot them and realize Azuki is no ordinary acolyte – or ordinary girl. Yuta drives them off, but Shota thinks of his friend, Renko, the Dragon Princess, and the Tengu realize that he knows one of the old enemy of the evil Tengu. They vow they will be back with their DaiTengu master, to steal Azuki and challenge the Dragon.As they travel to the capitol with colliers, bandits attack. Blackie, Shota’s horse friend, stolen by the bandits, offers his help and that of Red Wind, a roan mare who claims she is fastest of them all.As they close on the city, both Azuki and Shota realize how precarious their situation is. They hadn’t thought beyond getting home, not realizing that as children, they were completely under the power of adults. That would be hard for any children, much less children who can turn into birds. Shota tells the Dragon Princess about the Tengu know about her. Azuki encounters a Tanuki in the wood who has a surprising message for them both.Once they reach the city, Azuki spots a new style of loom, one of the many stunning technologies the foreigners have brought. She loves to weave, she’s good at it, and she wants that loom, so while Yuta visits the Temple, Azuki sneaks out – and she’s caught. Has she forfeited her opportunity to see the marvelous loom forever?They are invited to meet with Lady Satsuki, Lord Eitaro’s wife, and their daughter, Anko. There, they impart their news of Azukis discovery, which will ensure Eitaro’s position. There, too, the children’s fate will be decided. How can they be themselves and follow their dreams when the world that has so much power over them doesn’t have a place for bird-children?Then there’s the DaiTengu, the humanoid form, that wants Azuki’s feathers for its wind-making fans even if she isn’t a female Tengu.Can Azuki escape once more? Will the Dragon Princess defeat the DaiTengu? How can Shota and Azuki survive in a human world when they aren’t entirely human? Can they find a way to live as themselves among humans who will accept them as they are? Will they find a way to chase their dreams and make them whole?