Saturday, May 29, 2010

Series Review: Zan-Gah by Allan Richard Shickman

First Book: Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure 
Second Book: Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country
Series: Zan-Gah
Author: Allan Richard Shickman 
Source: Earth Shaker Books 
(review copy)

Reading Level: Elementary/ Middle Grades

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. Themes: survival, cultures, gender roles, psychological trauma, nature's wonders and terrors.
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Amber's thoughts:

I usually review YA books, and because these books aren't really for young adults, I had to change the way I reviewed them. For instance, if these books had been more geared towards older kids, they would have received lower scores. On the other hand, I think that any kid in middle school or a little younger would really enjoy this series. 

My 9 year old brother is fascinated by all things prehistoric. After reading these, I knew that he would love them. Sure enough, he gobbled them up and wouldn't stop spitting out facts about life in the prehistoric world. As I said earlier, while I didn't really care for them, kids ages eight to twelve might really get a kick out of them. 

Filled with drama and adventure, these books are light and easy reads. Both books are rather short (only 150 pages each) and took me no time to finish. I would recommend these to younger "tweens" and anyone in search of a quick read.


Adriana said...

I was also contacted to review these books. They're not really my genre, but I thought my brothers might enjoy them. They do seem like great books for younger kids.

Allan Richard Shickman said...

Hey Amber and Adriana, I wrote the Zan-Gah books for kids about 11 to 16, but many adults have enthusiastically enjoyed them, and some have said they are as much for adults as kids. Nine seems a little young, but some 9 year olds are precocious readers, and of course if they need help, that is what parents (or big sisters) are for. I didn't "dumb them down." I think of them as being pretty intense stories, not really light reading, but let the readers judge. Thanks for reviewing.