THE FIVE ANCESTORS #2 by Jeff Stone

THE FIVE ANCESTORS #2

Monkey
Age Range: 10 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

The second in a projected set of interwoven kung-fu adventures revisits incidents from the previous episode, Tiger (p. 236), through the eyes of Malao (“Monkey” in Cantonese)—named after both the fighting style in which he’s been trained, and his noisy, restless disposition. Here, he and fellow child monks in various combinations battle their renegade former leader Ying for possession of four scrolls containing mighty kung-fu secrets. Amid much treetop back and forth with a mysterious old macaque, Malao torments his companions with continual chaffing, while participating in hyper-complicated pranks and well-described battles marked by stunning physical feats; though the plot sometimes moves forward in fits and starts, action scenes are fast, furious and often comic. Stone tosses in hints of deeper intrigues, and closes with an inconclusive encounter with a powerful, super-fast new adversary. Stay tuned. Fine fare for fans of lower-budget martial arts films and graphic novels. (Fantasy. 10-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 27th, 2005
ISBN: 0-375-83073-1
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Random House
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2005




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