Year of the Tiger by Alison Lloyd

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In ancient China, the Great Wall is crumbling on the edge of the Han Empire. In the wall's shadow, twelve-year-old Hu is starving. On the other side of the wall, China's enemies are gathering strength. When an imperial battalion comes to town, Hu meets Ren, the son of the commander, and the two boys combine forces to train secretly for an archery tournament. For Hu, the contest offers escape from poverty; for Ren, the respect of his father. But the capture of a barbarian spy changes everything. With their trust at its lowest point, Ren and Hu must work together to evade the barbarians and save the empire. Here is an exciting adventure story for 2010, the year of the tiger.

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Published March 1, 2010 by Holiday House. 194 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Brimming with details of daily life in the Han Dynasty, this fast-paced story alternates in the third person between Hu and Ren, progressing from summer to spring as their fledgling friendship grows, falters and eventually endures through many adventures and misadventures during the exciting Year...

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Hu and his family live an impoverished but peaceful life in the town of Beicheng until Magistrate Ding orders the Great Wall to be repaired, and Commander Zheng and his son Ren are brought in from the capital along with a battalion.

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