Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier

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Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier

By Ying Chang Compestine; Vinson Compestine

Amulet Books, Hardcover, 9781419705403, 224pp.

Publication Date: January 7, 2014

Description
In this action-packed adventure and coming-of-age story that finely weaves fact and fiction, thirteen-year-old Ming lives in a small village in Maoist China in the 1970s. His father is convinced that Emperor Qin's tomband the life-size terra-cottaarmy created to serve and protect the emperor in the afterlifelies hidden in the hills around them. But if Ming's father doesn t prove it soon, the town's Political Officer willcondemn him to the brutal labor camps. From the stories of a terra-cotta soldier who has survived through the centuries, Ming learns the history of Emperor Qin, known for building the Great Wall of China, and how and why the terra-cotta soldiers came to be. As their unlikely friendship develops, Ming experiences the mysterious tomb firsthand, braving deadly traps and witnessing the terra-cotta army in action. Most importantly, he comes to see how he can save both the terra-cotta soldiers and his father from the corrupt Political Officer and his Communist cronies.
The book is illustrated with photographs of Communist Chinese village life in the 1970s, the Great Wall, and, of course, the excavated tomb with its many terra-cotta soldiers.It also features a special recipe from the story.
Praise for Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier
"Historical photos and Indiana Jonesstyle adventure enrich this tale of an unusual meeting between the Qin Dynasty and the 20th century."
--Kirkus Reviews
"Despite the hardships, both courageous characters work to uphold their respective duties: Shi to protect the tomb and Ming to protect the cultural legacy of China's people. With archival art, recipes, and end notes, this title is sure to be a hit in the classroom."
--Booklist


About the Author
Ying Chang Compestine grew up in China and now lives in Lafayette, California. She is a popular author of children s books, cookbooks, and novels. Ying s son, Vinson Compestine, is a National Merit Scholar currently studying at the University of Southern California s Marshall School of Business. "

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