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Archer's Quest

3.51  ·  Rating Details  ·  436 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
In Dorchester, New York, Kevin is doing his homework when suddenly an arrow comes out of nowhere and pins his baseball cap to the wall. The man who shot the arrow claims he fell off a tiger . . . and wound up in Kevin’s room. It’s not long before Kevin realizes that the man, who calls himself Chu-mong, or Great Archer, is no ordinary burglar, but a traveler from far away i ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published June 12th 2006 by Clarion Books (first published 2006)
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Apr 14, 2015 Josie rated it liked it
I would rate this book as seven because I thought the plot of the story was dragging on. However I believe the message of this story would connect well with the students as they may have similar motives when it comes to finding the worth of homework. This book would be good to use in a classroom during a lesson about the importance of history. As our future is effected by our past and this book shows the importance to why the main character should be more engaged in his history assignments. In t ...more
Courtney Weber
Apr 14, 2015 Courtney Weber rated it liked it
I really enjoyed how well Park used the fantasy element within this book. The book got very suspenseful when Kevin was trying to help the Great Archer back to his own time. I was always wondering what would happen next, and if Kevin would be able to get him back. I know this is the exact way that younger elementary school kids would be feeling. I think this would be one of those books that most kids would not be able to put down. I believe this book could be used in two different ways. I think i ...more
Jimmy Tang
Oct 14, 2014 Jimmy Tang rated it really liked it
I’m going to start off by saying Archer’s Quest by Linda Sue Park was one peculiar adventure. The thought that its tale lasted only a day is quite stunning! There were only four major settings, and two main characters which was awesome for me because some books just have too much to keep track of. I loved the cover because it’s so comic like, but at the same time realistic. The book has a nice feel when I hold it in my hands: smooth and glossy. It was really easy to read as well with the font b ...more
Jul 20, 2008 Camille rated it liked it
Well done story. A young boy of Korean heritage is confronted by a Korean leader from an earlier age who suddenly appears in his bedroom. He seems to have traveled through time to the present. The boy learns about his culture and "honor" from the man he calls Archer. The story incorporates Korean history which the boy comes to appreciate more. The boy's difficult relationship with his father is improved as a result of the "visit."
Audiobook was ok, very listen-able.
Iris Lee
May 16, 2015 Iris Lee rated it it was amazing
I got this book not realizing it is for Young Adults. But since it deals with a historical character that I love (Chumong) I decided to go ahead and read it. It is absolutely fabulous. It reminded me of Kdrama "Rooftop Prince" about an ancient Korean Prince who lands in modern day Seoul, but here, the character who did the time travel to modern times is Chumong, the founder of ancient Goguryeo Kingdom, and he not only lands in modern times, but also in the U.S. That surely is the foundation for ...more
Eva Mitnick
Jun 26, 2008 Eva Mitnick rated it liked it
Shelves: children, fantasy
I listened to this time-travel/ancient Korean lore fantasy as an audiobook. Light, breezy, and enjoyable. Just when Archer starts to get a bit too grand and heroic, he unexpectedly guffaws at a bit of bathroom humor when Kevin teaches him how to make an instant joke by adding the phrase "on the toilet" to one's fortune-cookie fortune. (Heh!)
Kristina Befort
Apr 14, 2015 Kristina Befort rated it really liked it
Archer's Quest is about a twelve-year-old boy named Kevin, whose homework session is interrupted by a strange man named Chu-Mong, aka Archer. He tells Kevin that he fell off his tiger and doesn't know how he got to Kevin's house. Eventually, Kevin realizes that Archer is from the past, and it is up to him to help Archer get back to his own time. The story follows Kevin and Archer as they figure out the mystery of how Archer can get back to the past.

Overall, I thought this was a pretty good book,
Aug 18, 2008 Barbara rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Gr 4-7
Shelves: fantasy, juvenile, asian
The main value here is that this book addresses Korean culture, history, and has Korean characters. This book is not up to Park's usual standards, much younger, kind of stiff, and trying to please the elementary/middle school crowd.
Mark Dewey
This book was awesome. It accomplishes several things. It teaches values and can help people take more interest in history. It's exciting. It's short (not drawn out more than it needs to be, for what it is). It's strange (we could all use a good dose of time-traveling Korean archers riding tigers now and then).

Anyway, I read a few accounts of Chu-mong on some old, public domain books (on It's pretty interesting, but there are considerable differences between the legends I saw
Feb 24, 2010 GenreGroup rated it really liked it
Roman Antonio’s review:

Linda Sue Park offers another gem for tweens and young adults readers to dive into. Archer’s Quest is a story about 12 year old boy named Kevin who is home alone and while doing social studies homework he is interrupted my an intruder who carries a bow and arrows. As Kevin realizes what is happening he panics and realizes that he is home alone and his parents come home late on Monday. The intruder which has stormed into Kevin’s room claims to be Koh Chu-mong, the Great Arc
Oct 11, 2011 gina rated it really liked it
Now that was a cool book. A Korean king from the distant past magically appears in the bedroom of a modern tweenage boy. While the boy, Kevin, teaches the king, Archer, about the modern world, Archer teaches Kevin what it means to be a hero. Archer's Quest gives you some nice lessons through time travel.

What I liked about this book:

• The character arc of our hero kid Kevin--he comes around from being a history-hater to someone who appreciates the perspective that the past brings us.
• You learn a
A Korean king from 55 B.C. just appears in Kevin’s bedroom while he’s working on his history homework. Since "Archie" is from ancient Korea, he doesn’t know anything about the modern world. He is amazed by electricity, cars, and the telephone. Kevin needs to figure out a way to get Archie back to his own time—before his parents come home from work and wonder why this strange man is in their house.

There were a few humorous moments in this book; students will especially laugh at Archie's reaction
Jennifer Symonds
Oct 19, 2015 Jennifer Symonds rated it liked it
I originally put the book down but picked it up again as my daughter decided to participate in our district's Bookfest program. The book tied in with her social studies focus of family history and ancestry which was interesting. There were some funny parts as the archer learns about 20th century technology. The archer has some good lessons for his "little frog", Kevin about patience, respect and perseverance.
Mar 24, 2016 Christy rated it really liked it
In Dorchester, New York, Kevin is doing his homework when suddenly an arrow comes out of nowhere and pins his baseball cap to the wall. The man who shot the arrow claims he fell off a tiger . . . and wound up in Kevin’s room. It’s not long before Kevin realizes that the man, who calls himself Chu-mong, or Great Archer, is no ordinary burglar, but a traveler from far away i
Feb 08, 2015 Jenny rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Fun story. A Korean leader born in 55 BC has somehow traveled through time to the present day. Kevin is trying to help him return home. Kevin is resourceful, persistent and a real problem solver as he tries to help Archer. My kids loved the fortune cookie part. I hope they learned a little lesson about persistence and practice needed to develop talents.
Lacey Bolen
Apr 02, 2015 Lacey Bolen rated it liked it
Shelves: children-fantasy
I thought this book was entertaining and well written. I think it would be appropriate for 3rd or 4th grade students. This book could go along well with a group reading or independent reading where students do extra research related to the novel. In this case, they could incorporate Korean history and heritage.
Becky H.
Apr 28, 2008 Becky H. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
It all started out as an ordinary day. Kevin was sitting at his computer when suddenly a stranger with a bow and arrow was standing behind him ready to shoot. The stranger is Chu-mong, a legendary king and great archer from ancient Korea. Kevin needs to help him find a way back to his correct time before the year of the tiger ends. Readers and listeners will enjoy the visit to the zoo as Chu-mong enters the tiger’s pit. Linda Sue Park, a Newbery Medal winning author for A Single Shard, has writt ...more
Not my favorite by Ms. Park. Her Newbery Winner, A Single Shard, is such a wonderful book.

This book might appeal to reluctant readers and video game fans.
Jul 15, 2015 Ghostwalker91 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun book to read from beginning to end, and You learn a little bit about Korean history while your at it. Just a really great little book to read, would recommend!
Mar 06, 2016 Carterkempgmail.Com rated it it was ok
Shelves: adventure
A figure from ancient Korean history appears in a 21st century boy's bedroom and together they must find a way to send him home. Meh.
Renee Brown
Jan 15, 2016 Renee Brown rated it really liked it
Great read for boys. I enjoyed the audiobook narrator. The story is set in contemporary time but has a heroic visitor from ancient Korea.
Audiobook. Kevin Kim gets caught in an unusual predicament when ancient Korean King, Chu-mong, magically appears in his bedroom one evening and needs help getting back to his own time. I took this on a 9-year-old boys recommendation. A cute story that seamlessly weaves Korean history into the narrative. A big sucker for story's about misplaced historical figures, I expected more mass confusion from the confused king. The thoughtful nature of Chu-mong's character, though, tempered the more impuls ...more
Nov 25, 2011 carrietracy rated it liked it
This is a solid three and half stars. As a pretty hard scorer, I'm kind of annoyed this doesn't have an overall higher rating. Many of the reviewers seem to think it would bore kids, although I don't really think it would. Also, they may not have students I've had who desperately read anything with Asian characters in order to read about anyone who has a similar heritage to their own and would really adore a book with this level of adventure (not to mention geared towards boys which I've found a ...more
Oct 08, 2015 Sydney rated it liked it
I usually don't read books that have to do with history, but this was a good book.
Jun 17, 2008 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I read this book as part of my job as a librarian (sweet gig). It's a book 3rd through 8th graders will read next year as part of a statewide book contest. It was a quick and easy time travel story. It will be great for 3rd and 4th graders. The most interesting part for me was the embedded math problem the main character solved. I like that the author included Chinese zodiac information, but she did not take it far enough into the future. Any kid born after 2000 will have to look elsewhere to be ...more
Jan 10, 2009 Jessica rated it it was ok
This was a young reader choice book and I had read A Single Shard, so I was sorely disappointed in the book. There was not much action and it just didn't flow well. The main character did a lot of thinking.

I also read it out loud to my reading class. About a third into the book I was sad I'd chosen it. At least it had some rising action, a climax and a clear conclusion to put on the story map. I was bored. I have a lot of fantastic read out louds, but this was not one of them. At least my readin
Aug 20, 2009 Rene rated it liked it
My kids (ages 8 and 11) might have given this a 4. I'd give it a high three. They have willingly listened each night and always ask for another chapter. It's a time-travel book of Chu-mong from Korea 55 B.C. to Kevin in 2003 (or so) and them figuring out how to get him back where he belongs. References to internet searches, math in your head, a few good moral lessons (on being deceitful and what is a lie, being "good" etc.), just the funny experiences of someone who hasn't seen modern life, havi ...more
Abby Johnson
Aug 04, 2009 Abby Johnson rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
When an ancient Korean archer appears in Kevin's bedroom one February afternoon, neither of them are sure what happened. The only thing Kevin knows is that he's got to get Archer back in his own time before they change the course of history forever.

Obviously the set-up is meant to tell a story that educates as well as entertains. The book is mostly successful in incorporating facts organically and there is enough arrow-wielding action to entertain most kids. The audio recording was fine, though
Jul 25, 2014 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice read for a 10-12 year old.
Michael Daines
Utterly silly premise, but fun nonetheless.
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Linda Sue Park is a Korean American author of children's fiction. Park published her first novel, Seesaw Girl, in 1999. To date, she has written six children’s novels and five picture books for younger readers. Park’s work achieved prominence when she received the prestigious 2002 Newbery Medal for her novel A Single Shard.

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