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Year of the Tiger

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  148 ratings  ·  22 reviews
In ancient China, two boys forge an unlikely alliance in an effort to become expert archers and, ultimately, to save their city from invading barbarians.

A coming-of-age adventure story of two boys, the battalion commander's son Ren and noodle seller's son Hu, set during China's Han era against a backdrop of period politics and a dangerous uprising that threatens the stabil
Paperback, 228 pages
Published June 30th 2008 by Penguin Aus.
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Hayley E
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think this book was very interesting because there was a lot of drama and very good description
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘Suddenly, out of the shimmering heat, a fabulous glittering sight appeared …’

This novel is set in China in the second century AD, towards the end of the Han dynasty. In the fictional town of Beicheng, there are two boys who were both born in the Year of the Tiger. Hu is a peasant boy, and his family struggles to survive as performers and by selling noodles. Ren is the son of Commander Zheng, the garrison commander who has been sent by the Emperor to Beicheng to inspect and repair the Great Wall
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is boring at the start. They just talk about how the characters are doing and that all. Then after it all it gets really interesting. They blame the Merchants for steeling grain when one of the Nobels actually stole it. I think that Ren and Hu will tell off the Magastrait and Master Wang will get in trouble for blaming Hu and his family for steeling grain when he did it all along.
Tom Redpath
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Year of the tiger is about two accomplished archers, Hu, and Ren who protect the village from "evil forces" in the lead up to the prestigious "archers national cup". This follows both Hu and Ren perspective individually throughout the story as they battle the evil from entering the village. The stories setting is interesting however other aspects lack sophistication for me (14y/o). I recommend this book for someone who enjoys Chinese history and culture and is between 8-12 years old. I give this ...more
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Although this book was a decent read the conclusion was quite short and boring. It took very long for the book to become action packed. Once it did become interesting it was quite enjoyable. All together I would rate this book 6/10.
Lila M
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it
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Sean Harding
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Fun little adventure story set in China with unlikely allies (Read buddy-cop as an analogy) and then work together to save the day of course. Somewhat obvious but a lot of fun on the way.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
this book was good and showed how people lived in ancient China and there was a good plot with unexpected plot twists
Sandra Stiles
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
This story takes place during the Han Dynasty. I thought back to the lessons we taught a few years ago on the building of the Great Wall of China and how excited those kids were to learn about it. I believe they would really love this book. The story is told in alternating chapters between Hu, a peasant boy and Ren a commander's son. It shows the difference in the life of the privileged and the poor. Hu's family has been performing for a living for years. Money has been tight. When soldiers ente ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
ren the son of commander zheng views himself as a disappointment to his family after injuring the first deputy, he
Miss Amanda
gr 5-7 195 pgs

Han Dynasty 202 BC -220 AD, China. Hu, a peasant boy, and Ren, Commander Zheng's son, were both born in the Year of the Tiger, but their situations in life couldn't be more different. Hu's family struggles to survive selling noodles, while Ren has everything he could need except his father's approval. When an archery contest is announced, both boys want to enter, but Hu has the skill, but no bow, Ren has no skills, but has access to a bow. Together the boys come up with a plan to e
Jul 03, 2016 rated it liked it
This was quite a good story of two twelve-year-old boys in ancient China. Ren and Hu are from vastly different social backgrounds and first meet when trying to win an archery competition. However, it is the Year of the Tiger and trouble is never far away. Over the next twelve months, the boys learn the meaning of courage, friendship and resilience as China's enemies gather on the other side of the Great Wall ready to attack.

The biggest negative of the story was the use of modern colloquialisms
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I did like this book, especially for one a book that I only purchased for $1. It wasn't a really quick read but it was very easy to read especially when one has the time to just sit down and enjoy it. I love it switches POV from chapter to chapter. I admit that I would like a little bit more background on some of the characters but overall I did enjoy the book. I highly recommend it for those who are interested in reading about history and different cultures. ...more
Alastair Butcher
Sep 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
I think that this book is possibly the worst book I have ever read. We were forced to read this book in Grade 9 for our history assignment and it made my skin crawl. The characters were either generic, or wholly distasteful and the sociocultural setting was so poorly delivered and so far from historical truth that it was a constant pain to watch the story (if one could be generous enough to call it such) unfold. I would advise my friends to avoid this book like the plague.
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it

This is a great book about determination and hardwork. It has also shown unlikely friendship between Hu a peasant boy and Ren a boy from upper class family. It also gave a nice background of ancient china history. I love this book!

Aug 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
3 1/2 stars actually.
Alistar ON-0004
Reading this book again because I know in the future that we’re going to do something on it
Jamie S
May 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
The start of the book was boring. Towards the middle it did get interesting, and then the end was great!
Jacinta Sheridan
Jun 29, 2012 rated it liked it
My son's book in grade 5... A lovely story ...more
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked it. It isn't as exciting as others but it is still cool. I read it twice if that says anything. Date down there was the second time. ...more
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Alison Lloyd is an Australian children's writer. She writes fiction and non-fiction. So far, all of her books have been about the past.

Alison grew up in Canberra. She was also lucky to live in Europe and Asia when she was a kid. She studied in China for two years - she was in that country when army tanks rolled onto the city streets, to put down the student movement in 1989.

Before she wrote books

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