Crane (The Five Ancestors Series #4)

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Hok, a crane-style Kung Fu master, is also a master at hiding. For the past 12 years, she has hidden the fact that she is a girl. Now her rogue brother, Ying, and his army have placed a huge price on her head. Fortunately, she manages to make it to Keifeng where she finds her mother and a "round-eye" with the very funny name of Charles. Together Hok and Charles start to make some sense of the magnitude of Ying's plans.

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Overview

Hok, a crane-style Kung Fu master, is also a master at hiding. For the past 12 years, she has hidden the fact that she is a girl. Now her rogue brother, Ying, and his army have placed a huge price on her head. Fortunately, she manages to make it to Keifeng where she finds her mother and a "round-eye" with the very funny name of Charles. Together Hok and Charles start to make some sense of the magnitude of Ying's plans.

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For a dozen years, Hok has concealed her identity by masquerading as a boy. Twice she barely survived the destruction of warrior monk strongholds. Now, to protect her life against the onslaughts of her rogue brother, this crane-style kung fu master must become for the first time a young woman. A powerful novel about transitions and resolve.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375830785
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 2/26/2008
  • Series: Five Ancestors Series , #4
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 208,882
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.33 (w) x 7.63 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Stone
Jeff Stone practices martial arts daily. He has worked as a photographer, an editor, a maintenance man, a technical writer, a ballroom dance instructor, a concert promoter, and a marketing director for companies that design schools, libraries, and skateboard parks. Like the Five Ancestors, Mr. Stone was adopted as an infant. He began searching for his birth monther when he was eighteen and found her fifteen years later.
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Twelve-year-old Hok sat perched high in a tree in a dreamlike state. All around her, Cangzhen was burning. Thick black smoke rushed over her on currents of air formed by the intense heat below. Her brothers, Fu, Malao, Seh, and Long, had already taken flight. It was time for her to do the same. Grandmaster had told them to scatter into the four winds, so into the wind she would go.

Hok spread her arms wide and let the warm, rising air lift her into the night sky. She welcomed the familiar feeling and soon found herself soaring through the darkness, circling higher and higher. Yet no matter how high she flew, she couldn't escape the smoke. It burned her eyes and obscured her vision. She had no choice but to descend once more. Maybe she could somehow fly around the trouble.

Below her, the Cangzhen compound came into view again. Through the smoky haze, Hok saw the outlines of a hundred fallen monks. She was as power-less to help them now as she had been during the attack. She frowned, and continued on.

Hok headed for Cangzhen's main gates and saw her former brother Ying just beyond them, his carved dragon face contorted into an angry scowl. Grand-master was with Ying, and so was her brother Fu. Hok watched as Ying cut Fu's cheek with his chain whip, then blasted a large hole clear through Grandmaster's upper body with a qiang.

Hok shuddered and blinked, and Ying disappeared like mythical dragons were rumored to do. Fu ran away, and Grandmaster slumped to the ground.

Behind her, Hok heard her youngest brother, Malao, giggle. She glanced back, but saw no sign of him. Instead, she caught a glimpse of a monkey demon dancing across a burning rooftop-
What is going on? Hok wondered. She had had strange, vivid dreams before, but never one quite like this. Everything was so clear and so . . . violent.

The images got worse.

Hok saw Grandmaster suddenly stand, streams of smoke drifting in and out of the bloody hole in his chest. He glanced up at Hok soaring overhead, and his wrinkled bald head tumbled off his shoulders.

Hok shuddered again. She had had enough. She wanted to wake up. She pinched herself-and felt it-but nothing changed. She was still gliding on smoky currents of air. She felt as if she were asleep and awake at the same time.

Perhaps the smoke had something to do with it. If she could just get away from the smoke, maybe she could find a way to wake up. Hok glided beyond the tree line, skimming the treetops. She flew as low as possible, hoping that the drifting smoke would rise above her.

She hadn't gotten very far into the forest when she passed over a large hollow tree and caught a glimpse of herself burying Grandmaster's headless body inside it. Curious, Hok landed on a nearby limb and watched herself finish the job, then drift off to sleep inside the tree.

As Hok stared through the smoky darkness, she saw a soldier with the head of a mantis sneak into the tree hollow and sprinkle something over her sleeping face.

She had been drugged. That was why she was having trouble waking up.

With this realization came a dizzying sensation. Part of Hok's mind raced back to her lessons with Grandmaster concerning certain types of mushroom spores and different plant matter that, if inhaled, could put a person into a dreamlike fog for days on end. Hok grew certain that she was now only half-asleep, which meant that she was half-awake. She made a conscious effort to pull herself into the waking world, and the smoke around her began to thin.

At the same time, Hok watched the soldier's impossible insect head in her dream. It transformed from that of a mantis...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book was so good (i mean fanatasic). It shows the trials and tribulations of what not only a girl but a girl monk went through back in those days. I can not wait for the next one to come out.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2007

    Tells a child much of human behavior

    As I read this book to my child, I had to explain how a brother could want his sister dead, a girl would have to pretend she is a boy, and what a 'round-eye' is. But this is good, since it gets a child, and the reading parent, to learn more and actually expand the book while doing so. It also tells of the similarities and the differences between cultures and how we 'all' deal with things similarly and differently.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2007

    Crane is really the one of the best books of all time!

    Once I read from the first page, I was really captivated in Jeff Stone's writing. He is awesome! Crane brings you into mixed emotions, how there could be tears and joy. This book is packed with action and kung-fu, the value of friendship, and more. This book is good! Really, you will get so into this book. I loved it! I really can't wait for the next book. Jeff Stone is an amazing and inspirational author. Keep writing Jeff! Again, Crane is an outstanding choice for a book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2007

    The Best Book I Have Ever Read

    The story Crane clips along at a lightning fast pace, and has many cliffhangers to encourage the reader to read further.I have been a big fan of Jeff Stone since the first book Tiger came out and will continue to read the series for years to come. I would recomend this book to any reader. I cant wait until the next book in the series comes out. Keep writing Jeff Stone and you will thrill hearts for years to come.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2007

    The best one yet!

    This book is a delightful page turner that will leave you begging for more! This book has so much suspense and adventure twisted inside the story. A most read!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    To below.

    If the book is so awesome then why did you give it three stars, idiot?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    Awesome!

    This book is da bomb!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2008

    Miranda, a huge fan from Indy

    This book is amazing. With in the first page, it pulls you into this wonderful story of surviel and making hard choices. Hok has a strengh in her that makes you think she was a real person. The writing itself makes you think you were right there, seeing everything you read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2008

    This book has no describing word

    This book can't be rated for its greatness! The only word close to it is out-of-this-world! Once you read it, you'll never believe what happens and what decisions are made. Believe me, there are of course greaty threats to face who are even stronger.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2008

    A really good book to read

    this book is very intresting and pulls you in making you want to read more and more. It provides you with knowledge of how hard it may be to live your life but how you can live it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

    the five ancestors books are the best!

    All the five ancestors books are the best books I've ever read but this is not my most favorite. Also, for the fifth book I thought it was supposed to be dragon next. What happened to Long?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    Lily

    Here, sista.

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  • Posted March 22, 2014

    This is book #4 in the "Five Ancestors" series and by

    This is book #4 in the "Five Ancestors" series and by far the best so far. It's exciting from start to finish. I loved learning all about Hok and how wonderful she is. Alot of fighting in this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    This is a .......................................

    Greatbook

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Sparkpaw

    Gtg for a week going to new york!!!!! Miss u

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Thunderpaw

    "Our secret place can be here." Kk. I hid my nook. Lol.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2007

    Good, but not the best

    I didn't like it as much as the others. Sure, there are some good parts, but Jeff Stone is...rushing the story a little too much. He seems to only have a surface understanding of what us girls really think. I look forward to Eagle, however. I love seeing more of the story from the bad guy's side. =K

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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