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Styling Librarian Ying Chang Compestine Brilliance: Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier

So grateful to my friend Tanja for passing on the word that the brilliant author Ying Chang Compestine was coming to Hong Kong. She and I both had a wonderful time visiting with Ying and hosting her our our schools. It has been over a year since her visit and her books are still being borrowed and students really enjoy her books. I’m thrilled that Ying is visiting Hong Kong this coming spring and sharing her books again at other schools.

I personally love Ying’s books, especially Secrets of the Terra Cotta Soldier. Ying wrote this book with her son Vinson Compestine. I love that Terra Cotta Soldier has a adventure, historical fiction, and political unrest all combined into a fun book! I enjoyed the action parceled out through the book. The book was selected for the shortlist of the Golden Dragon Book Award in Hong Kong.

This is not real but cool, right? (Backdrop)

This is not real but cool, right? (Backdrop)

I read Secrets of the Terra Cotta Soldier by Ying Chang Compestine and Vinson Compestine twice. Once on my own and once with my son. It was wonderful to read this book before my son went on a trip to Xi’an and saw Terra Cotta Soldiers in person. The story felt like an action packed Indiana Jones story with a character you could identify with and care about as he tried to survive many challenges.

Goodreads Summary: “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 tomb—and the life-size terra-cotta army created to serve and protect the emperor in the afterlife—lies hidden in the hills around them. But if Ming’s father doesn’t prove it soon, the town’s Political Officer will condemn 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.”


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