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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Review: Dael and the Painted People (Book 3 in the Zan-Gah Series)

 A prehistoric adventure, this is the third of the Zan-Gah young adult books. When Dael, guilty and tormented, came to live with the tribe of the painted people, he longed for peace and restoration; but without knowing it, he made a powerful enemy. Luckily, Dael had friends-including a troop of crows-and his own mystical powers. The disturbed and violent hero learns from the Children of the Earth, and from his submissive wife, a new way of life that is peaceful and generous. Dael and the Painted People is a story of conflict, healing, hate, and love by the winner of the Eric Hoffer Award, a finalist for the ForeWord magazine Book of the Year Award, and the Mom's Choice Gold Seal for Excellence in a family-friendly book series.

                 Dael and the Painted People is the third novel in the Zan Gah series and by far the best one yet in my opinion. Dael has had a hard life and parted ways with his people the Ba-Coro. His only companion is a mute girl that fell in love with a boy who couldn't love her. Her name is Sparrow. Throughout the story, different points of view are read, like we get to see into the mind of Sparrow and especially Dael.

               It made my heart soar when I got to see Sparrow find herself and grow into a joyful girl when they join the Painted People. The Painted People speak in a strange language that uses guttural sounds and clicks. It's the first time Sparrow can communicate and she is a completely different person. Dael is awed by her and realizes that he has to learn from her. Sparrow also comforts Dael and they grow into a comfortable existence with the Painted People.
              You can learn a lot from this novel. Not only life lessons, but you also get some history lessons. I loved this book so much, and I can't wait to read it to my little brother time and time again. 

~Thank you sooo much for writing such spectacular books Allan Richard Shickman! You are an incredible author! Oh and thank you Bonnie for having such patience with my reviews! :)




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