Looking for Marco Polo by Alan Armstrong

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Newbery Honor–winning author Alan Armstrong’s latest book!

Eleven-year-old Mark's anthropologist father has disappeared in the Gobi desert while tracing Marco Polo’s ancient route from Venice to China. His mother decides they must go to Venice to petition the agency that sent Mark’s father to send out a search party. Anxious about his father and upset about spending Christmas away from home, Mark gets a bad asthma attack in the middle of the night. That’s when Doc Hornaday, an old friend of Mark’s father, makes a house call, along with a massive black Tibetan mastiff called Boss. To distract Mark from his wheezing and to pass the long Venetian night, the Doc starts to spin for Mark the tale of Marco Polo. Doc describes Marco’s travels and the boy finds himself falling under the spell of the story that has transfixed the world for centuries. Marco’s journey bolsters Mark’s courage and whets his appetite for risk and adventure, and for exposure to life in all its immense and fascinating variety.

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ALAN ARMSTRONG liked to read books such as Captains Courageous, Kim, and Treasure Island. As an adult he has worked as a lawyer, a traveling bookseller, and an author of books about children who are put to the test. Moon Girl is his fourth book for children. His first, Whittington, was awarded a Newberry Honor in 2006. He live in Massachusetts with his wife, Martha, a painter.
Published September 4, 2009 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 306 pages
Genres: Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As they wait for news, Mark visits local landmarks that Marco Polo would have known, absorbs historical background from a group of Venetian rats and a Tibetan mastiff and meets Dr. Hornaday, a friend of his father’s, who regales him with a harrowing account of the 13th-century traveler’s journey.

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LOOKING FOR MARCO POLO is a winning blend of fact, fiction and fantasy that liberates the past from dusty old textbooks and makes it relevant for today’s young readers.Reviewed by Norah Piehl on February 8, 2011 Looking for Marco Polowritten by Alan Armstrong, illustrated by Tim Jessell ...

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