Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure by Allan Richard Shickman

Title: Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure
Written by: Allan Richard Shickman
Release date: July, 2007
Pages: 160
Source: Received by Earthshaker Books

My Feelings:

The hero, Zan-Gah seeks his lost twin in a savage prehistoric world, encountering suffering, captivity, conflict, love, and triumph. In three years, Zan-Gah passes from an uncertain boyhood to a tried and proven manhood and a position of leadership among his people. Themes: survival, cultures, gender roles, psychological trauma, nature's wonders and terrors.

My Review:
When Bonnie of Earth shaker Books asked me if I wanted to review these books I immediately said ‘yes’. I only read one book about the prehistoric, and it was a text book. So not a lot of fun there. I took the book with me on the train and read it on the rides to and from college. I am so glad that I said yes to the opportunity to read and review these books, because the first one is fun and enjoyable.

Zan-Gah is a very brave little boy. He’s desperate to find his lost twin brother and goes on this wild adventure to find and bring him back. On his adventure trough the rough landscape he’s challenged with the good and the bad and it’s up to him alone to deal with it.

The pace begins very slowly. The writer introduces us to the family, life and rituals and then when Zan-Gah goes away it went faster. A great way to get the reader interesting in Zan-Gah.

I thought that the writer did a amazing job describing the details of the places where Zan-Gah where. Also the descriptions of the people where exactly how I thought the people in this era would look like and acted. I did learned a lot about their lives and even though it’s for middle graders I enjoyed it very much.

This book is so much fun for young teens who would enjoy a good adventure book. My only complain is that this book is not translated into Dutch. The kids in my class would love to read this and they can learn so much from it. Because it’s very easy to read, I may even give this a try in the classroom and tell them about it.

....Petty Witter  – (27 juni 2010 om 04:19)  

Oh I like the sound of this. Do you think it is popular enough to be translated into other languages - I hope so.

Blodeuedd  – (27 juni 2010 om 05:14)  

I have sadly read nothing else about that timw in history eitehr, well except for this one. And I am sure kids would enjoy it. Give it a go :)

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog  – (27 juni 2010 om 10:14)  

i have this one to read as well, i'm glad to hear its good!

Jenny N.  – (27 juni 2010 om 16:41)  

It sounds good. I've never read any books set in this time period so I'm always hesitant to pick one up.

Jessica (BookLover)  – (27 juni 2010 om 20:07)  

Ooh, it sounds good! And it has an interesting cover. :)
P.S. I hope you're enjoying The Body Finder.

Nina  – (28 juni 2010 om 12:37)  

Petty Witter: Me too! But I don't think it's going to be. Such a shame. :)

Jenny N: Please do. It's such a fun book to read. Give it a try.

Jessica: I am loving The Body Finder. I'm almost finished with it. It's very good.

Kris (Voracious YAppetite)  – (28 juni 2010 om 15:13)  

I've seen a lot of reviews of this book and its sequel lately! The feedback has been pretty positive. I agree, it sounds like they would be really popular with the MG set, especially with boys. (:

miss cindy :)  – (29 juni 2010 om 12:10)  

I liked it too, great review :)

Nina  – (1 juli 2010 om 07:20)  
Deze reactie is verwijderd door de auteur.
Nina  – (1 juli 2010 om 07:21)  

Thanks for a great review! I'm really glad you enjoyed Zan-Gah. The story begins with the lion hunt, which is not really "slow." It is the second chapter that is rather long. I had to inform my reader of so many things, introduce characters and situations, and get Zan "out of the house (cave)." The climax of action builds as the book advance, as you understood. It is my dream for the Zan-Gah books to be successful in other countries and published in different languages—but that time has not come yet.
Allan R. Shickman

Thank you Allan for taking the time to e-mail me and read the review. I am looking forward reading the sequal.

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