Thursday, February 3, 2011

Review: Zan-Gah

Book: Zan-Gah by Allan Richard Shickman
Pages: 148 Pages
Release Date: July 15, 2007
Publisher: Earth Shaker Books
Source: Publisher
Grade: 4 Stars
Zan-Gah, seeking his lost twin brother in a savage prehistoric world, encounters adventure, suffering, conflict, captivity, and final victory. In three years hero passes from an uncertain boyhood to a tried and proven manhood and a position of leadership among his people. Themes include survival, brotherhood, cultures, gender roles, psychological trauma, and nature's wonders and terrors.
My Thoughts:
You know the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? This saying can be applied to this book (in the good way).

Zan-Gah starts out with Zan going with his tribe to kill a lion that had killed one of their children. He then kills it on his own and is awarded the name Zan-Gah. Zan-Gah then starts having dreams of his lost twin Dael and decides to search for him.

This book didn’t have a lot of dialogue in it, but it didn’t really make a difference because the author explained everything so well. I really liked Zan because he was courageous and cared about his brother. Dael was a great character too. I liked how the author described him before he ran off and was taken because it made me feel more pity for him.

The action in this novel was pretty much non-stop. Zan’s travels amazed me because he pretty much did the impossible for his age. That was a good and bad thing because it made Zan seem even more mature than he really was.

Some other things I didn’t like about this book were the cover and how the author added “romance” into it. The love in this book wasn’t even love; more like admiration and it was added at the end and felt like a last minute thing. Other than those, I truly enjoyed this book. It’s a mostly gut book, but I’m a girl and liked it. I give this pre-historic adventure 4 stars!

Grade: 4 Stars

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