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5.0 out of 5 starsA Great young person classic
Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2020
I’ve just discovered a wonderful tale which I first read as a 11 year-old. Now, more than 50 years later, I still have been captivated by the surprising imagination of the story.
My teenage daughter was asking for this book. Her teacher read it aloud to the class in school, and she loved it. The old books seem pretty rare, and this reprint is quite expensive (almost $30). So we didn't buy it right away. When her grandma asked what she wanted for Christmas, I suggested this. I enjoyed the story, too.
5.0 out of 5 starsmost thrilling book of my childhood, and I'm a female
Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2019
I read this book first when I was about 9 and was captivated by the exotic location, the boy hero's integrity, and his exciting quest. Rita Richie is masterful at creating a perfect pace in her books, so a child's interest has no way of slipping once the early slow pace (short chapters 1 & 2) ends.
During my college years, while waiting for someone in an unfamiliar city library, I looked this book up and found it. Curious about whether it would be as gripping, I read it, and couldn't put it down!!! No question that the characters are simplistic in a way that's appropriate for children, and Genghis Khan's depiction is hardly based on fact, but oh, how wonderful this book is!!!
I recommend that an adult read this book with a child for their joint delight. But If a child is given the book to read alone, tell the child that there's no need to keep track of the names mentioned in the first few pages and that the pace of the story picks up big time after Chapters 1 and 2: once the main character takes off (before page 30), readers will love the terrors and pleasures that the boy faces on his quest. And readers will also learn a lot about the Silk Road when it was critically important to trade between the East and West.