Sent to me by the kind people over at Earthshaker books, Zan-Gah is the story of one boys exploits, growing up in prehistoric times. After killing the man eater lioness plaguing their home, Zan sets out to find his lost twin Dael. To find him, Zan must commune with the other tribes despite their historical animosity, he must trek through unforgiving, unknown lands, and most importantly he must grow into the man that killing the lioness has made him.
Despite the less than promising covers, Zan-Gah is an intriguing read, dealing primarily with the survival of primitive man. It's fascinating to read something so different, Zan-Gah definitely breaks the YA vampire/immortal theme so prevalent the past four years or so. I can't even think of the last time I encountered something that dealt with this time period. And yet it seems like such a ripe story telling subject matter!
Not only an unusual subject matter, Allan Richard Shickman further tells the story 3rd person, giving it the feeling of a camp fire story of actual events. This book is so unusual compared to anything I've read in years, that I would highly recommend it for that alone. But I can almost guarantee any 11-13 year olds in your life will appreciate it as well.
Allan Richard Shickman has followed Zan-Gah up this past fall with the continuation of the adventure in Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country. There's so much material here, Allan could be telling the adventures of Zan-Gah for some years to come.
Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure, By Allan Richard Shickman
Published by Earthshaker books, July 2007