Sunday, January 2, 2011

MG Review: Zan-Gah by Allan Richard Shickman

Zan-Gah And Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country

This is a series that I think is appropriate for 5th or 6th graders.

It’s about a nomadic tribe in prehistoric times. Even though it takes place a long time ago children can find ways to relate to the main character.

The main character has a lot of struggles to face through both books, but somehow finds a way to make the best of every situation. He has to live through some of life’s hardest lessons, but through it all he maintains his compassion and sincerity.

I think definitely a book geared towards middle school aged boys.

About Book 1:
(From Amazon)

The hero, Zan-Gah seeks his lost twin in a savage prehistoric world, encountering suffering, captivity, conflict, love, and triumph. In three years, Zan-Gah passes from an uncertain boyhood to a tried and proven manhood and a position of leadership among his people.

About Book 2:
(from Amazon)
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.
About The Author:
Artist, teacher, author, and historian Allan Richard Shickman was an art history professor at the University of Northern Iowa for three decades. His first novel, Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure won an Eric Hoffer Notable Book Award and was a finalist for the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award.
**Review copy provided by publisher. All opinions are my own and I received NO monetary compensation for this post.

1 comment:

  1. The third book of the Zan-Gah series, Dael and the Painted People, is nearly finished. Watch for it this summer at the new web address:

    I hope you will pay us a visit.

    Allan R. Shickman