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Author: Stone, Jeff
Publisher: Yearling Books
Published: September 2013
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: When their home is robbed, thirteen-year-old Phoenix Collins, an up and coming amateur dirt-bike racer, discovers a shocking mystery about his grandfather, and Phoenix must travel to China and then to Texas to find some answers.
|BISAC Categories: |
- Juvenile Fiction | Boys & Men
- Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Martial Arts
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
|Library of Congress Subjects: |
- Bicycle motocross; Fiction.
- Adventure and adventurers; Fiction.
- Supernatural; Fiction.
|Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11|
|Series: Five Ancestors Out of the Ashes|
|Book type: Juvenile Fiction|
|Target Grade: 4-6|
|Grade level: 4-6|
|Physical Information: 1.00" H x 100.00" L x 5.00" W|
|Bargain Category: Middle School, Upper Elementary|
|Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.|
Contributor Bio(s): FF STONE lives in the Midwest with his wife, their two children, and a python named Yokwan (Cantonese for "Jade Bangle"). Mr. Stone holds a black belt in Shaolin-Do kung fu. He had the honor of traveling to China with the Shaolin-Do grand master and test for his black belt at Shaolin Temple. Like the Five Ancestors, Mr. Stone was adopted as an infant. He began searching for his birth parents when he was 18 and found them 15 years later.
|Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
After Grandfather's dragon-bone powder is stolen, thirteen-year-old Phoenix, a top-notch mountain bike racer, learns that "Grandfather" (from Stone's previous Five Ancestors series) was actually born in 1638, and without his dragon bone, he'll die. So Phoenix jets to China to find more. Action-packed bike racing and kung fu sequences will likely distract readers from the wooden dialogue and frequent bouts of tell-rather-than-show mode.
|Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 January)
Gr 6–9—In this nonstop action ride, Phoenix Collins must depend on his love and talent for kung fu and mountain-bike racing to save his guardian grandfather's life. After thieves ransack their house and steal Grandfather's rare dragon bone powder, it's up to the teen to travel to China to try and procure more. The dragon bone is the only thing keeping the elderly man alive-as it has for hundreds of years. Fans of Stone's popular "Five Ancestors" series (Random) will welcome this volume, the first in his new series. The story is set in the modern day, so instead of battling armies and a corrupt emperor, Phoenix and his friends battle mad scientists and doping in the world of competitive cycling. Exciting descriptions of off-road biking and fight scenes balance out lengthy explanations of types of cycles and different gear. Fans will enjoy seeing favorite characters alive after many centuries, still teaching kung fu and handing off the good fight to a new generation.—Jennifer Rothschild, Arlington County Public Libraries, VA[Page 127]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.