Chengli and the Silk Road Caravan

Chengli and the Silk Road Caravan

eBook - 2011
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Chengli is an orphaned errand boy who lives in Chang'an China in 630 A.D. His mother has died from illness and his father is presumed dead after disappearing into the desert when Chengli was a baby. Now thirteen, Chengli feels ready for independence. He is drawn to the desert, beckoned by the howling of strange winds and the hope of learning something about his father who he was and how he died. Chengli joins a caravan to travel down the merchant route known as the Silk Road, but it is a dangerous life, as his father knew. The desert is harsh, and there are many bandits, bandits interested in Chengli's caravan because a princess, her servants, and royal guards are traveling with them. But the desert is full of amazing places and life-changing experiences, as the feisty princess learns the meaning of friendship and Chengli learns the heroism of which he is capable.
Publisher: [United States] : Tanglewood Publishing, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2011.
ISBN: 1933718625
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Kattness Jan 16, 2014

This book will appeal to all readers who love learning about other cultures and who are interested in the Silk Road. The author, Hildi Kang, is brilliant at writing an adventure story rich with detail. She strings together most creatively powerful description, leaving the reader with a vivid image of each scene. My children hung on every word and couldn't wait to read the next chapter. Hence, they have gone on to be very interested in the subject matter to explore the history of Marco Polo's travels in China. We hope Kang will write a sequel to this book! She is a very gifted writer.

BPLNextBestKids Aug 18, 2012

Chengli is a 13 yr. old orphan who lives in China in 630 A.D. He decides to join a caravan crossing the desert, in hopes that he might learn more about his father, Inspector Chao, and how he died. He becomes a camel boy with the caravan headed by Master Fong and Uncle Tao. At the last minute, the caravan is ordered to take a young princess to meet her future husband in faraway Kashgar on the other side of China. The walk to Kashgar is long and hot, and they must deal with sandstorms, bandits and betrayal. Will Chengli ever find someone who can tell him about his father? Reviewed by BPL volunteer LS.


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