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Gorinjas by Mark  Lancaster
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Remember the Karate Kid and Mr Miyagi? The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Sensei Splinter? Or, more recently, Kung Fu Panda and Master Shifu? They all have a classic underdog narrative in common and enough scope and appeal to become popular action-adventure series for young audiences.

Mark Lancaster's debut novel for middle-grade readers follows in this tradition and 'Gorinjas: The Beginning' has the makings of an engaging cult series for aspiring martial artists and young thrill seekers alike.

The story tells of humanoid gorillas Gonga and Jemma, the most loyal of friends, whose victimisation at the hands of school bullies spurs them on to overcome adversity. When the brave pair track down the legendary old-grey gorilla, Shintu, a martial arts master, events take an interesting turn, leading to a dramatic battle between the gorilla ninjas, a gang of bullies... and a smelly old crocodile!

Like the first instalment in any series, this debut takes time to build both in character and plot development but with a particularly strong opening and an exciting climax, the core ingredients of courage, perseverance, legend, and triumph over bullying, are all there in spades.

Gorinjas is an entertaining read and by its end I was already anticipating the next book in the series. If you know a reluctant middle-grade reader, this could be just the new adventure they've been waiting for. Why not give it a try?
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Reading Progress

January 11, 2017 – Shelved
January 11, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
January 12, 2017 – Started Reading
January 13, 2017 – Finished Reading

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