Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780618596317, 176pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2006
In Dorchester, New York, Kevin is doing his homework when suddenly an arrow comes out of nowhere and pins his baseball cap to the wall. The man who shot the arrow claims he fell off a tiger . . . and wound up in Kevin’s room. It’s not long before Kevin realizes that the man, who calls himself Chu-mong, or Great Archer, is no ordinary burglar, but a traveler from far away in both space and time.
A visit to the local museum confirms that there was a king named Chu-mong in ancient Korea who was legendary for many accomplishments, including exceptional skill with bow and arrow. Kevin knows little about his own Korean heritage, but he understands that unless Archer returns to his people and his throne, history will be changed forever. And he’s determined to help Archer go back, no matter what it takes.
Award-winning novelist Linda Sue Park has created a funny and suspenseful adventure, incorporating intriguing bits of Korean history and lore, that will captivate even reluctant readers and will add to her audience of devoted fans. Author’s note.
"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
"This new offering from the Newbery Medal-winning author of A SINGLE SHARD...will intrigue and amuse readers." *Starred* Review KLIATT
"Effective storytelling, middle-grade humor, and a quick pace" Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books