Sandra Stiles's Reviews > Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure

Zan-Gah by Allan Richard Shickman
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Jan 29, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: adventure, middle-grades, young-adult

I was thrilled to receive this book for review. Our county's core curriculum requires students to read Dar and the Spear Thrower. There is not a lot for them to follow up on. Now I can recommend this book to them.
Zan-Gah is the story of a young teen who earns his rights to be considered a man when he joins a hunt to kill a lion. The lion thinks he has found a weakness and lunges for Zan only to be killed. Zan is marked by the lion and renamed Zan-Gah. He is now considered a man. After the celebration Zan-Gah decides he must try to find his twin brother. Most in the village believe Dael is dead. Zan-Gah has no such feelings so he sets out to find him. He is diplomatic in his dealings with others, yet also prepared to do battle with them if necessary.
The author has created such a vividly descriptive world the reader feels as if they have entered the world as a participant.

This book has a lot to offer the reader. They will learn about family, courage and relationships. I've recommended it to other teachers at my school as an addition to our curriculum. Not matter what it will be added to my shelves.


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