It isn't every day you meet a tiger. And certainly not a tiger in a suit and tie. And definitely not one who knows your first name.
From that minute on, Tom's life changes forever. Tom has always felt different from everyone else, but he has no idea how different he really is until he learns that he is the latest in a long line of magic-wielding beings called Guardians. For centuries, a Guardian has protected a powerful talisman that can either bring peace to the world or bring about its destruction. it has been kept safe-until now.
For now, the most evil being of all has sent his terrifying minions to lay siege to the talisman and its latest Guardian, a tiger called Mr. Hu. The Guardian has his own allies in the battle, including an outlaw dragon, a mischievous monkey, and his new apprentice-Tom. But Tom doesn't want to be the tiger's apprentice. What can he possibly do to help this ragtag band? And can they all stop bickering long enough to unite their powers in time?
This rich, action-packed fantasy from two-time Newbery Honor author Laurence Yep reveals a hidden world within our own-where animals take human form, where friendship is the final weapon in the battle between good and evil, and where a young boy must save the world he knows . . . and the one he is just discovering.
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Tom must fight the temptation to use the phoenix for good, which would inevitably lead to power hunger and the slippery slope towards evil.Oct 17 2006 | Read Full Review of The Tiger's Apprentice: Book One
Hu, Tom, and their friends leave San Francisco and head underwater to the supposedly safe dragon kingdom.| Read Full Review of The Tiger's Apprentice: Book One
The man turns out to be a tiger, Tom’s grandmother turns out to be a powerful magician guarding a world-changing object, and Tom himself turns out to bear a sudden burden of responsibility.| Read Full Review of The Tiger's Apprentice: Book One
When a beggar asks a selfish old woman for a bite of her bean curd, she replies, ``I'm a tiger when I'm famished./ So begone, old beggar, vanish!'' (All the dialogue here is rendered in rhyme.) In return, the beggar casts a spell to ``be what you say you are,'' and the old woman indeed turns into...| Read Full Review of The Tiger's Apprentice: Book One
PW called this novel starring a boy, a dragon and a monkey (among others) who attempt to secure and protect a fabled phoenix egg, an "original fairy tale that successfully mixes fantasy and Chinese history."| Read Full Review of The Tiger's Apprentice: Book One
"A very few must protect the many, and with no thanks for their efforts." An ominous portent for an eighth grade boy, but that's the lesson at the heart of this original fairy tale, inApr 14 2003 | Read Full Review of The Tiger's Apprentice: Book One
But when she's killed by an evil monster who wants the powerful talisman to destroy the world, a tiger named Mr. Hu must step into the Guardian role, making Tom his apprentice.Dec 27 2006 | Read Full Review of The Tiger's Apprentice: Book One