Academic journal article Language Arts

Chengli and the Silk Road Caravan

Academic journal article Language Arts

Chengli and the Silk Road Caravan

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Chengli and the Silk Road Caravan Written by Hildi Kang Tanglewood, 2011, 178 pp., ISBN 978-1-9337-1854-5

Readers seeking tales of young, heroic characters living in lands of long ago will find Chengli and the Silk Road Caravan to be a perfect fit. In this historical fiction novel, Chengli is an orphaned errand boy living in Chang'an China in 630 A.D. Adventures ensue as 13-year-old Chengli decides to travel the desert as a member of a caravan. The allure of the desert beckons Chengli to uncover more about the fabled merchant trade route known as the Silk Road and about his father-who he was and how he died. His journey is riddled with mystery, danger, and unexpected friendships. The harshness of Chengli's travels along the barren roads is further complicated by the threats of bandits searching for the royal company who are a part of his camel caravan.

Hildi Kang vividly crafts Chengli's expedition across the flat and desolate stretches of land with historical and cultural details so that readers can easily step into this unique time and place. …

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