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Review of THE FIVE ANCESTORS: TIGER by Jeff Stone

by Becky Laney

Stone, Jeff. 2005. THE FIVE ANCESTORS: TIGER. New York: Random House. ISBN 0375830715

Set in seventeenth century China, TIGER is an exciting fast-paced action story starring Fu ("Tiger") and his brothers. Along with his fellow "brothers" (they're all orphans), Fu has been raised as a warrior monk in a secret temple--Cangzhen Temple--by a grandmaster monk. Each boy has been trained in a different fighting style (kung fu). As the story unfolds, the five young boys (ranging in age from elven to thirteen) are hiding in a terra cotta water barrel while an invading force led by the disgruntled former pupil Ying murders the monks of the temple. Ying is an angry young man who hates the grand master and blames him for the sour note his life has taken. The five young warriors flee from their temple, but the youngest Fu is unwilling to let the secret dragon scrolls stay in the hands of Ying. He retrieves the scrolls, and then the adventure really begins.

Other books you might enjoy are Yep's TIGER'S APPRENTICE and TIGER'S BLOOD and Adeline Yen Mah's CHINESE CINDERELLA AND THE SECRET DRAGON SOCIETY.

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