The Kin

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It is two hundred thousand years ago. A small group of children are cut off from their Kin, the Moonhawks, when they are driven from their Good Place by violent strangers. While searching for a new Good Place, they face the parched desert, an active volcano, a canyon flood, man-eating lions, and other Kins they've never seen before. These young Moonhawks are brave, clever, and warmhearted, and all three traits are crucial to their survival.

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Overview

It is two hundred thousand years ago. A small group of children are cut off from their Kin, the Moonhawks, when they are driven from their Good Place by violent strangers. While searching for a new Good Place, they face the parched desert, an active volcano, a canyon flood, man-eating lions, and other Kins they've never seen before. These young Moonhawks are brave, clever, and warmhearted, and all three traits are crucial to their survival.

Told from four points-of-view, with tales of the Kins' creation interspersed throughout, this epic novel humanizes early man and illuminates the beginning of language, the development of skills, and the organization of society.

Winner of a Printz Honor for The Ropemaker, Peter Dickinson has won most of the major British writing awards (some of them twice). With The Kin, he more than lives up to his honored reputation.

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Favorite fiction returns in volumes designed to attract new readers. Master storyteller Peter Dickinson's tale of The Kin, set in Africa 200,000 years ago, reexamines themes he explored in A Bone from a Dry Sea. One impressive volume gathers the four tales originally published separately in the U.S. (Suth's Story; Noli's Story; Ko's Story; and Mana's Story). The quartet relates the epic adventures of a small band of children who struggle to survive after their families have been killed. Dickinson intersperses within their narrative a smattering of "Oldtales," the pourquoi myths of their tribe, the Kin. PW said in a starred review of Noli's Story, "The real adventure here is the exhilarating mix of ideas the novel so nimbly sets forth." Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142501207
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 6/2/2003
  • Series: Kin Series
  • Pages: 640
  • Age range: 12 - 16 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.98 (h) x 1.53 (d)

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

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    The Kin

    After reading a few just so-so books, I really wanted to get lost in a great tome of a story. The Kin was just the ticket. The book is actually four novels published in one volume, weighing in at just over 600 pages. The story is paced really well, so I would look up from reading and realize I had just knocked out 50 or 75 pages in no time. I'm a huge history fan and have always been interested in the history of early mankind. Set in prehistoric Africa, this novel imagines what life was like for the clans of people surviving in the African deserts.

    The stories of Suth, Noli, Po, and Mana are interspersed with Oldtales, or creation stories about the Kin's First Ones, which I found to be really interesting and illuminating as to how the characters behaved and reacted to life in the wild. Each First One is an animal, such as a monkey or a pocupine, and each Kin is named after a First One. The mixture of myth and history was just perfect and very entertaining.

    A most interesting aspect of this book is how Dickinson imagined communication between speaking and non-speaking humans. The four children the stories follow belong to the Moonhawk Kin, which consists of highly verbal humans. Along the way, they encounter the Porcupine Kin, who are nonverbal but are still very communicative through sounds and gestures. Some of the Moonhawks say that the Porcupine Kin are not really 'people' because they can't speak words, but others, particularly Noli, are convinced that the Porcupine are just as human as anyone else even though they are different.

    All in all, this novel is a very interesting and thought-provoking work of 'prehistorical' fiction.

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  • Posted January 20, 2009

    Finding The "Good Place"

    The story the kin takes place two hundred thousand years ago, when Suth and five other orphans are cut off from their Kin, the Moonhawks. Suth and the other five orphans are lost in the desert, when they are captured by the people of the Monkey Kin. Everything is left up to Suth; he has to find the courage to lead him and his friends to freedom. On the way they have to learn to survive and find their way to safety.<BR/><BR/> Suth¿s friend Noli awakes him and pulls him away from the camp site, Noli tells suth about her strange dreams. She says that Moonhawk has showed her the way to the ¿good place¿ she says that he showed her the way to find water. As she tells suth the story he interrupts to tell her¿ ¿In the morning u tell Bal¿ but to her it seams like a waist of time, ¿he says I lie¿ she replied. As she keeps going on with her story he asks questions like where did he tell you to go, but as she continues telling him about her dream he realizes, that it¿s true. Lately Noli had been having dreams where moonhawk has come to show her the way, she had dreamed about the murderous strangers, who did not belong to any of the kins, and spoke words no one else understood. <BR/> <BR/> Noli told suth that she would go with or without him, so suth decided to go along, and on their way they found some of the younger kids that were left behind on their own. At the of beginning of their journey they found nothing, but they soon came to find rocks fully moist. The wet moisture wasn¿t enough to drink, but it was enough to moisturize their lips. As their journey seems to get harder, and more difficult, they fight through it all. <BR/><BR/> I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading In particular. But most of all someone who enjoys story with twists, puzzles, or journeys, this would be the book for you. This is a great historical fiction book. <BR/><BR/>I as an individual really liked this book; I believe that the book has a great story to tell. I also believe that this book is very much interesting and as the story goes on I came to realize I got more and more interested in the book, which made it harder for me to put down. Over all I realy enjoyed reading this book and I believe it¿s a great story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2006

    I expected more

    From the author of 'The Ropemaker,' I expected more of Peter Dickinson. The book, while relatively interesting, lacked substance. A lot of the plot (if you could call some parts 'plot' at all) were meaningless or irrelevant to the storyline. It was also very long and drawn out to read I think I would have liked it better as four separate novels (like it was published originally) because it is much to long to have all four stories grouped together. However, I did appreciate the Oldtales between the chapters because it gives a break from the other story. If you have a lot of will power to finish a book no matter how disappointing it is for you I couldnt even finish it after three months, so I wouldn't really recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2006

    SO SO!

    This book was soso it was so scary how the lizard boy shots webs and eats vampiers and uniocorns

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2006

    If You're Looking For Plot, This Isn't For You

    While this book presents a fresh POV standing, as well as a very interesting voaculary (as you'll see if you read the book) I never really found the purpose of it. It was long, and tedious, and things just kept happening. I don't think, in the end, I grasped what the author meant by the book. These characters were not people I could relate to, and, after some time, I found that having them scurry across the land from threat after threat and then find joy in success after success only to have it be stripped away by another threat become very, very boring. The book was just not for me, and I don't recommend it. Not to mention, 628 pages in caveman-speak? While I find the inventiveness of this book to be different, it isn't that neat. I mean, really.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2006

    WOW, that was great!

    I loved that book! Ko was really funny. It was cool when Suth killed the leopard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2005

    Interesting read

    A real epic. This is the most interesting story read by me in a long time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2004

    Cant Wait!

    I read The Kin and now I want to see if their is a sequal!!! If Their isnt then I so think their should be! I want 2 find out what happens 2 Okern!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2004

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    wow! this book, The Kin, was s0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0 good. i literally couldnt put the darn thing down. i kept on reading, and reading, and reading, etc..... this was definately one of the greatest books i've ever read. the story, i mean how it was told and everything, was very well done. i applaud the author, and everyone who helped out in this AMAZING book. keep up the very good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2003

    Interesting read

    This book, though it sounds a little outragious, is extremely interesting and has a fast-moving plot. It gives readers an extra insight into what it might be like to meet someone who can't speak at all. I thought it was a very good book that anyone who enjoys science fiction should read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2003

    Excellent Read

    This book kept me facinated from start to finish.If you like prehistoric adventures this book is perfect for you.

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