A THOUSAND BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS by Ellen Oh
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A THOUSAND BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS

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Age Range: 14 - 18
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A collection of Asian myths and legends in which beloved stories of spirits, magic, family, love, and heartbreak are combined with elements from modern teens’ lives.

In this anthology, Asian authors from a variety of backgrounds retell some of their cultures’ favorite myths and legends. It begins with a more traditional Filipino myth, retold by Roshani Chokshi, of a beautiful guardian spirit associated with Mount Makiling who falls in love with a human and loses her heart. Lori M. Lee changes a well-known Hmong children’s folktale into a story of deception and androids. Pulling common elements from a Korean epic, E.C. Myers creates a tale filled with traditional magical beings and online role-playing games. After each short story, the author gives background information about their inspiration as well as a description of the original tale. Words and names from the different languages that are reflective of their cultures are integrated into each retelling. The tone of the stories varies from eerie to heartwarming to tragic, and with such a variety of emotion and experiences to explore, nearly any teen can find something to relate to. The editors and authors have pulled together to create an incredible anthology that will keep readers on the edges of their seats, wanting more.

A marvelous anthology of retold Asian myths and legends tying the traditional and modern together and accessible to all teens of all backgrounds. (Mythology and folklore. 14-18)

Pub Date: June 26th, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-06-267115-8
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Greenwillow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2018




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