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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Series: Five Ancestors Out of the Ashes (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375870180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375870187
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 6-9-In this nonstop action ride, Phoenix Collins must depend on his love and talent for kung fu and mountain-bike racing to save his guardian grandfather's life. After thieves ransack their house and steal Grandfather's rare dragon bone powder, it's up to the teen to travel to China to try and procure more. The dragon bone is the only thing keeping the elderly man alive-as it has for hundreds of years. Fans of Stone's popular "Five Ancestors" series (Random) will welcome this volume, the first in his new series. The story is set in the modern day, so instead of battling armies and a corrupt emperor, Phoenix and his friends battle mad scientists and doping in the world of competitive cycling. Exciting descriptions of off-road biking and fight scenes balance out lengthy explanations of types of cycles and different gear. Fans will enjoy seeing favorite characters alive after many centuries, still teaching kung fu and handing off the good fight to a new generation.-Jennifer Rothschild, Arlington County Public Libraries, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

JEFF STONE lives in the Midwest with his wife, their two children, and a python named Yokwan (Cantonese for "Jade Bangle"). Mr. Stone holds a black belt in Shaolin-Do kung fu. He had the honor of traveling to China with the Shaolin-Do grand master and test for his black belt at Shaolin Temple. Like the Five Ancestors, Mr. Stone was adopted as an infant. He began searching for his birth parents when he was 18 and found them 15 years later.

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Jeff Stone lives in the Midwest with his wife and two children and practices the martial arts daily. Though Mr. Stone isn't Chinese, his wife is. She's from Hong Kong and speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, and English fluently. They have two children, a daughter age 5 and a son age 3. Both children speak Cantonese and English. Mr. Stone thinks his English skills are pretty good, but his Cantonese still needs a lot of work.
Like the Five Ancestors, Mr. Stone was adopted as an infant. He began searching for his birth mother when he was eighteen and found her fifteen years later.
Mr. Stone 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.
When he isn't busy hiking, fishing, reading, playing sports, practicing martial arts, or traveling to Hong Kong with his wife and two children, Mr. Stone can usually be spotted writing at home.

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I am extremely shocked ,this book is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!
stephen
I have been a fan of his ever since I read his Five Ancestors Series with my son.
M. Rodriguez
I'd grown to really love the characters and didn't want the story to end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Rodriguez on October 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Synopsis: It is 350 years after the events of The Five Ancestors. Phoenix Collins lives in Indiana with his grandfather who is teaching him kung fu. But Phoenix's real love is mountain bike racing. When unsettling events reveal that his grandfather is not only one of the legendary five Cangzhen monks, but also almost 400 years old, Phoenix must race the clock if he is going to keep his beloved ancestor alive. Traveling to China, he meets an intriguing young woman who is a talented biker and a terrific mechanic. She offers to help him, but can she be trusted?

I totally love Jeff Stone's writing style. I have been a fan of his ever since I read his Five Ancestors Series with my son. The Five Ancestors is the tale of how five orphans save China using the skills taught to them by the monks who have raised them. Each one goes their separate ways after their temple is destroyed, each one having their own book to take us along their mega adventure. I was immediately drawn to the action packed books which feature individual animal kung fu fighting styles and that were also full of history and culture. Introducing my son to this series was my way of teaching him some Chinese culture and it truly worked out.

Needless to say I was ecstatic to hear that Jeff Stone would be starting a new series based on the Five Ancestors. Phoenix was born and so I just had to read it. This book takes place 350 years after the events in the original series. Phoenix's grandfather happens to be one of the original ancestors who has managed to stay alive via a special supplement that he takes every day. Phoenix is a 13 year-old biker prodigy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MR. R. B on February 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Well Mr stone wrote the five ancestor series which were nothing other than brilliant.
This book however is absolutely terrible.It is as if someone else has written the book.Whatever, it is poorly written and focuses far too much on bike racing.
As the great philosopher once said "Once upon a time long ago far away"Rule 1 if your successful in those quarters STAY put.
Where the other series of books were moralistic and inspiring for young and old, here we have a book brought into a shallow reality,with little or no invention.
I would go as far as to say that this book is so different in its writing structure it is hard to believe the same person wrote it.
Why, why why did the Author do this,there are endless possibilities, avenues to follow. THIS BOOK WAS A HUGE MISTAKE.
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I am a women over 60 who enjoys reading this type of book. I feel the development of each character in the different books helps to bring these special children to life.

I look forward to the next book and know that you will be hooked quickly as I was!
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Loved how a new series was born..the book was a quick, entertaining read. Only con was I was a little disappointed with the tittle-Phoenix- but it didint include any sort of awesome Phoenix Kung fu. But it was still an awesome read
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Good but not as good as his first series. Still needs to be continued. Liked the cover image. Don't think they should have brought the old characters back.
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By Jeff Merkt on February 4, 2013
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Good it was very good an i liked it a lot can't wait for new on to come out don't know when
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By Dragon on January 25, 2013
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This is one of the best books in this series and it is in the modern age and it uses decendents of the origonal ancestors. Also a couple of the ancestors too.
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By Amazon Customer on January 22, 2013
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I love Jeff stone, but I put off a star because I think it's like mocking Jay from the hunger games series. It's a sad book.
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