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This is book 4 of a fantastic series. Think Kung Fu Panda if it was a book and the animals were people, and you're extremely close to the story's main plot: a Buddhist temple gets destroyed by an ex-monk seeking revenge on the grandmaster, and the only survivors are the 5 youngest monks who also happen to be the youngest monks in history to become kung fu masters. Each child is a master of a different Kung Fu style-Tiger, Monkey, Snake, Crane, and Dragon. The 5 orphans must seek help to stop the ex-monk and his army from destroying more temples and trying to conquer ancient China. ( )
  jfoster_sf | Mar 10, 2009 |
crane was an awsome book and following the same plot as the other books before it. it was a little confusing but the ending was awsome! they finally meet dragon (long) in the end and ying turns good?! ( )
  mitchellf3 | Jan 7, 2008 |
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Hok, a crane-style Kung Fu master, is also a master at hiding. For the past 12 years, she has hidden the fact that she is a girl. Now her rogue brother, Ying, and his army have placed a huge price on her head. Fortunately, she manages to make it to Keifeng where she finds her mother and a "round-eye" with the very funny name of Charles. Together Hok and Charles start to make some sense of the magnitude of Ying's plans.


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In China in the mid-seventeenth century, twelve-year-old Hok, disguised as a boy for most of her life, must now assume her proper identity as a girl and try to save her brothers' lives by entering the notorious Jinan City Fight Club.

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