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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Earthshaker Books; 1ST edition (March 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979035708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979035708
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,923,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Artist, teacher, actor, author, historian, and former Boy Scout, Allan Richard Shickman was a professor of art history at the University of Northern Iowa for three decades. He now lives writes in St. Louis.

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This is a prehistoric story that is very well written and very engaging.
Brenda Casto
Zan was given the name Zan-Gah, meaning Zan of the Rock, because he was immovable in the face of great danger.
Naida M.
I really liked this book and I think it would be a great way to get help kids enjoy reading.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mimi3BJS on August 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
I spent a wonderful evening reading this book. It is very well written and quite engaging. I am long past adolescence but still enjoyed the book immensely. This is a book for everyone, plenty of adventure along with a touching story of family ties. It's top of the list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
Written by artist, teacher, and historian Allan Richard Shickman, Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure is an action-packed novel for young adults age 11 and up. Set in an era long before kings and cities, Zan-Gah follows a boy's journey to manhood and the responsibilities of leading his people over the course of three years. Zan-Gah's proof of courage battling a lioness is only the beginning; he must study his enemies of a rival tribe, including their tactics and poisoned weapons, and hone his capabilities for diplomacy as well as for battle. As Zan-Gah searches for his missing brother, he befriends the beautiful and gifted healer Lissa-Na, whose aid will prove invaluable in the trials ahead. Highly recommended for young adult library collections.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John E. Fink on October 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
Zan-Gah is marketed as juvenile literature, but the psychological and human condition themes make it worthy for adult readers as well. For the perceptive, the story is loaded with deep themes that are worthy of discussion. The story reveals that Nature is harshly competetive, and that the human condition, like the lion condition and mouse condition, has parameters defined by survival laws--face reality (the lion) and self-correct (adapt) and you increase chances of survival. This is the path of one twin. The other twin fails to recognize self-correction as the path to growth and fulfillment, and develops an aversion to reality and hatred of the world; he wants utopia. Deep stuff in this very well-written book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
"Zan-Gah" is set in the prehistoric times and focuses on a boy named Zan-Gah. A young girl from his tribe is murdered by a lion. The tribe sets out to kill it. Zan single-handedly kills the lion. The tribe celebrates the kill, but Zan is not happy. He wonders where his twin brother, Dael, is. He has been missing for over year.

Zan goes on a coming-of-age quest to find his brother. He must leave his tribe, and face many dangerous situations by himself. Zan will risk his own life to save his brother.

"Zan-Gah" is a fast read, just under 150 pages. The author, A.R. Shickman, has written a wonderful coming-of-age story set in the prehistoric world. The descriptions and actions in the book are well-written. Male readers will enjoy reading about Zan's adventure into the unknown, and female readers will like the love that Zan has for his twin. I recommend this book to everyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer @ Fictitious Musings on November 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have to be honest. This is my first time reading a prehistoric adventure and I have absolutely zero regrets. This is NOT a book I would have picked up on the shelves at the bookstore, which is such a shame. Zan-Gah is a powerfully moving story of a young boy, Zan, who sets out on a journey to find his twin brother Dael. His journey is filled with danger, triumphs, and many experiences he wouldn't have learned if he had remained in his village.

Zan is a well constructed hero for this amazing look into prehistoric times. Watching him grow throughout the story into a man of desired abilities is spellbinding, to say the least. In the first few pages, you are mesmerized by Zan and his experience with the lioness. Truly a gripping moment.

The differences in the lifestyles of the clans were a fascinating history lesson that didn't bore me to tears. Of all the clans, the Wasp People were strangely fascinating. The other tribes were more or less the same outside of minor details and made for a remarkable and gripping drama.

Overall, Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure is more than a worthy read and I highly recommend it. The adventure and action are gripping and entice you to continue reading. The characters are unique and pull the reader into their world. Shickman has created a prehistoric environment that is realistic and enjoyable, with an abundance of action. This is a must read novella and I look forward to starting book two, Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wayne S. Walker on July 6, 2011
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). Would you have the courage to hunt a lion with only a spear? Zan is a teenage boy, much shorter than other young men his age and not very handsome, who lives in prehistoric times with his father Thal, mother Wumna, uncle Chul, aunt Siraka-Finaka, cousins, and other members of his clan. The five clans of the neighborhood sometimes are at war with one another and other times work together. As the book opens, they are united in seeking to destroy a lion who had slaughtered a child. When the hunters close in around the beast near the great rock Gah, it leaps out, and Zan happens to be at the right place and the right time to kill it, thrusting his spear into the lion's neck. Aniah, the great warrior and leader of the northern clan, names him Zan-Gah.
Zan has a younger twin brother, Dael, who had just disappeared about a year before. Zan is sure that Dael is still alive, so he determines to go in search of his brother. After he starts out, he kills a snake and uses the skin to invent the sling. After passing through the Hru clan, he comes to Aniah, who tells him that his brother was probably captured by the wasp people, the clans' age-old enemy. After entering the wasp people's territory, Zan himself is captured by them, mistaken for Dael whom they think had escaped from the Noi people to whom they had sold him, and made a slave for a year, during which time he pretends to be dimwitted and learns many of their secrets. Escaping with help from Rydl, a young boy whom he has befriended, he goes on to the Noi and rejoices to find Dael. However, to get home they must escape the Noi and then pass back through the wasp people. Can they make it? Or will they be recaptured and maybe even killed?
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