3SR: Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country, Dael and the painted people & Walk the Wild Road

Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country by Allan Richard Shickman (book 2)
Release date: September, 2009
Pages: 151
Source: Earthshaker Books

My feelings:



Description:
The prehistoric saga continues in Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country, the sequel to the award winning Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure. In this story, Zan s troubled twin brother, Dael, having suffered greatly during his earlier captivity, receives a ruinous new shock when his wife suddenly dies. Disturbed and traumatized, all of his manic energies explode into acts of hostility and bloodshed. His obsession is the destruction of the wasp men, his first captors, who dwell in the Beautiful Country. When he, Zan-Gah, and a band of adventurers trek to their bountiful home, they find that all of the wasp people have died in war or of disease. The Beautiful Country is empty for the taking, and Zan s people, the Ba-Coro, decide to migrate and resettle there. But the Noi, Dael s cruelest enemies and former tormentors, make the same migration from their desert home, and the possibility develops of contention and war over this rich and lovely new land

My Review:
I had a hard time getting into this story. Not only was it darker than the first book, it also felt like I was reading a text book coming to life. I didn’t get that interested in Zan or Dael, I was more interested in the girls of this story. A lot of times when you read about this time period, there isn’t a lot told about the woman, so yay, that they were feisty and showed the boys their skills. I did enjoyed the story and would def. recommend it to middle graders.

Dael and the painted people by Allan Richard Shickman (book 3)Release date: August, 2011
Pages: 168
Source: Earthshaker Books

My feelings:



Description:
A prehistoric adventure, this is the third of the Zan-Gah young adult books. When Dael, guilty and tormented, came to live with the tribe of the painted people, he longed for peace and restoration; but without knowing it, he made a powerful enemy. Luckily, Dael had friends-including a troop of crows-and his own mystical powers. The disturbed and violent hero learns from the Children of the Earth, and from his submissive wife, a new way of life that is peaceful and generous.

Description:
This third book is such a great addition to this series, it’s really wonderful. It’s not about Zan anymore, it’s the story of Dael and Sparrow. Throughout the book you see that Dael is changing from this aggressive young men into a calm, responsible men. I really enjoyed reading about his process. I also really liked Sparrow, she was very strong and smart. The other new characters were fantastic too, they really helped Dael with dealing with his past. I really like this series and every history teacher should get it for their classroom.

Walk the Wild Road by Nigel Hinton
Release date: January, 2011
Pages: 288
Source: Sourcebooks

My feelings:



Description:
Leo took one step forward and then stopped. This was it-the road away from everything he knew. He could turn back. But then who would save his family from starvation? No, Leo was their last hope. He must go on...
The journey is not easy-he'll have to sleep on the streets, steal food, and even fight off greedy soldiers. Along the way, Leo discovers the kindness of strangers and the loyalty of friends. But he also learns there are some people you just can't trust, especially when you're on the wild road to America.

My Review:
Walk the Wild Road is a fantastic historical fiction/adventure book. The main character Leo has to go trough a lot before he finally gets what he wants. It’s really heartbreaking to read his story. Especially when he finds a friend and then something bad happens. Not going to tell you much about it, but it's so sad. I was crying a lot when it happened. Walk the Wild Road is such a great book and you should def. put it on your tbrlist.

Melissa (Books and Things)  – (10 oktober 2011 om 13:28)  

I've seen so many reviews for the first two and only a few for the last. Mixed for the first. They said the same thing about the last one. Looks like the last one is a winner! :)

Jenny N.  – (10 oktober 2011 om 19:09)  

Wow you've been reading so much...and now you have some historical books to add to the reading chllenge.

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