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Blossom on the Run: A Han dynasty Adventure (Blossom and the Great Han) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 21, 2016
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About the Author
MICHAEL NYLAN (Professor of History, University of California at Berkeley) is the author of many books and articles on early China and the modern reception of the distant past. Her two most recent books are Chang'an 26 BCE: an Augustan Age in China (on the Han capital city and its powerholders), and The Letter to Ren An and Sima Qian's Legacy (a study of the most famous letter ever written in classical Chinese). She was orphaned at age eleven, and books got her through then. For that reason, she has always wanted to write a book that will help get young people at a certain stage through a crisis, and this is her first attempt to do so, with ROBERT JOSEPH LITZ (1950-2012,) a playwright whose work focused on social and political themes. He gained acclaim in 1983 for his play, "Great Divide," which was subsequently produced off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop in 1984. Bob Litz wrote seventeen produced plays for Off-, Off-off Broadway, the regional theatres, and for the Elephant Theatre Company where he was Playwright in Residence beginning in 2005. His plays include "Mobile Hymn" (Dramalogue Award, Best Play) and "Cycles" (Best of 2012 Hollywood Fringe Festival). He wrote several television shows including the A&E Biographies “George Washington,” “Benjamin Franklin,” “Andrew Jackson” and Emmy-nominated “John Travolta.” He wrote the original screenplay for "Twister," "House of Cards," "Medium Straight" and "Rappin’." He won the 2012 Burger Prize for writing on the theatre. He was a member of the Actors Studio (Playwrights/ Directors Unit), the WGAW, and LA Stage Alliance.
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The middle school reader and her teacher, who may know little or nothing of Chinese geography and history, can begin here. The setting is realistic, place-names are real, and the suspense is paced to capture the imagination of the pre-adolescent child and make her want to learn more of the story.
The novel was meant to be the first book of a trilogy titled Blossom and the Great Han, an idea conceived by historian Michael Nylan and realized with the help of her great friend, playwright Robert Litz, who died before they could corroborate on the sequel. Litz's theatrical work dealt with political history, while Nylan is mostly known for her academic work in classical Chinese and comparative historicity. One hopes she can carry on Blossom's adventures without him. Like Blossom, Nylan was orpaned at the age of eleven, so we may also learn something of Nylan through her fictional alter-ego; and we middle school teachers and children will surely learn more about China.