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Gr. 4-7. Twelve-year-old Kevin is shocked when Chu-mong, legendary ruler of ancient Korea, suddenly arrives with his bow and arrows in Kevin's room in Dorchester, New York. But Kevin is drawn to the brave stranger, who must return home before the Year of the Tiger ends the next day and history is changed forever. Park's A Single Shard, the 2002 Newbery Medal Book, is set in historic Korea, and her recent novel Project Mulberry (2004) is set in a contemporary Chicago suburb. This time she weaves together past and present. Although she works in too much informational content into the story--Korean history, math, folklore, the Chinese Zodiac, and more--the time travel in reverse is fun, especially Kevin's attempts to explain computers, cars, telephones, and zoos to the bewildered ruler. At the same time, the cool teen who "couldn't care less about his heritage" does learn to respect the old ways, and readers caught up in the adventure will want to find out more about the culture; Park's notes at the end of the book will help. Children who liked Grace Lin's The Year of the Dog (2006) about a Taiwanese girl, and are ready for a more difficult story, might enjoy this novel as well. Hazel Rochman
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Linda Sue Park is the author of A Single Shard, winner of the Newbery Award. She has also written Project Mulberry, When My Name Was Keoko, The Kite Fighters, and Seesaw Girl. She lives with her family in Rochester, New York.
..."an exciting novel for male readers, both reluctant and engaged." KIRKUS REVIEWS "the relationship between Kevin and Archie, and their race against the clock...will keep the pages turning." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "An exciting novel for male readers, both reluctant and engaged." "The relationship between Kevin and Archie, and their race against the clock...will keep the pages turning."