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Dragon / Jeff Stone.

By: Stone, Jeff.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: The five ancestors ; bk. 7. Publisher: London : Hodder Children's Books, 2010Description: 246 p. ; 20 cm.ISBN: 9780340902363 (pbk.).Subject(s): Children's stories | Human-animal relationships -- Juvenile fiction | Martial arts -- Juvenile fiction | Premiers' Reading Challenge : 7-8 | China -- History -- 1644-1795 -- Juvenile fictionDDC classification: 813.6 Summary: China's only hope rests in the hands of five young warrior monks. can Long, the dragon art's master, amass his own army in time to defeat them? Can his siblings prevent Tonglong's vast army from reaching their goal? And will their lost, rebel brother, the infamous Eagle, prove to be a valuable ally or a traitor?
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China's only hope rests in the hands of five young warrior monks. can Long, the dragon art's master, amass his own army in time to defeat them? Can his siblings prevent Tonglong's vast army from reaching their goal? And will their lost, rebel brother, the infamous Eagle, prove to be a valuable ally or a traitor?

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Chapter 1 Thirteen-year-old Long limped along the Shanghai Fight Club tunnel, a river of blood flowing down his right thigh, the weight of a nation on his shoulders. He glanced at the crimson liquid oozing from his bandaged leg, and the steady stream leaking from his upper left arm. So much for winning the Fight Club Grand Championship. Previous champions had earned themselves prime positions within the Emperor's military ranks. Long had earned himself a target on his head. Balanced across Long's powerful shoulders was the unconscious giant of a man known as Xie--the Scorpion. Xie had been the Emperor's personal bodyguard, but as of a quarter of an hour ago, he was, like Long, a fugitive. Long had to keep moving. Soldiers would surely be racing after them, following the directions of the new Southern Warlord--Tonglong, the Mantis. However, Long had no time to consider them or their whereabouts. He had a more pressing matter to deal with. He needed to lower his pulse. If he kept going at this pace, his racing heart would soon pump his body dry. Long--the Dragon--began a breathing sequence that would decrease his heart rate in order to slow his blood flow. Two short breaths in, one long one out. He felt a difference immediately. He continued along the tunnel's dirt floor, but a stirring sensation in his dan tien--his chi center--brought a sudden sense of dread. His lower abdomen began to warm and his intestines started writhing like a ball of snakes. Someone was coming. "Golden Dragon?" a tiny voice whispered from down the dark corridor behind him. "Long? Are you there?" Long stopped and frowned. It was ShaoShu--Little Mouse. ShaoShu had used Long's fight club name: Golden Dragon. Long turned and watched the small boy with the unusually limber body scamper toward him from the direction he had come from. "Turn back, ShaoShu," Long whispered. "Return to Tonglong. You will not be safe with me." "I don't care," ShaoShu replied. "I want to help. You're injured and-- Hey!" he squeaked, pointing at Xie. "Xie is alive! His arm just moved. How can that be? I watched Tonglong shoot him in the chest." "Xie is wearing battle armor beneath his robe," Long said. "The shock from Tonglong's bullet just knocked him out. He probably has a cracked rib or two, but that's it. He should be fine once he wakes up." ShaoShu stared at Long's bulging arms and thick chest. "You're carrying him and battle armor? You're barely a man. How did you get so strong?" "Exercise," Long replied. "Now shoo." "But I can help," ShaoShu said. "Did you see what happened back there with the Emperor and Tonglong? You can't do this alone." "I saw," Long said. "Tonglong killed Xie's father--the Western Warlord. He also killed his own mother, AnGangseh. He's crazy, but he has managed to put himself in a position to kidnap the Emperor, and that makes him dangerous and powerful." "Crazy is right," ShaoShu said. "He will kill you, too, if you're caught. Why are you carrying Xie around? Just leave him. He's always been mean to you." "If my temple brothers and sisters are to have any chance of stopping Tonglong from taking over the country, we are going to need Xie's help. He is still a very powerful man. In fact, he is the Western Warlord now. He--" Long stopped in midsentence as he saw ShaoShu's body go rigid and his nose twitch. "Uh-oh," ShaoShu said. Long focused his attention down the dark fight club tunnel beyond ShaoShu, and his dan tien beg Excerpted from The Five Ancestors - Dragon by Jeff Stone All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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In this series ender, the Emperor has been kidnapped. It's up to Long, the teenage kung fu master, to try to find him. With his allies--both old and new--Long leads the fight to defeat Tonglong and save the Emperor. While there's plenty of martial arts action, the multitude of characters make it hard to keep track of who's who and what's what. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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