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Archer's Quest by Linda Sue Park

Archer's Quest

by Linda Sue Park

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I thought this book was terrific -- a time-travel adventure steeped in magic and ancient Korean history. Chu-mong, a king who founded Koguryo (later Korea) in 37 BC crashes into 12 year-old Kevin's room as he's doing homework. Kevin must find a way to send him back or he will become trapped in the modern world, possibly altering the course of history. I loved the cultural and historical lessons skillfully woven into the narrative along with magic and math, and the way this unlikely teacher taught Kevin so much about respect, perseverance, honor, and honesty as they race to restore him to his own time and place. I'm nearly through all of the Battle of the Books selections -- this is a terrific one, and an excellent book to recommend to boys.

Curriculum: this would be a good book to support a unit on mythology, folklore, and creation stories. Also a good book to support the balance of historical and contemporary fiction.

Park, L. (2008). Archer's quest. New York: Yearling.
  AMQS | Mar 25, 2013 |
When an ancient Korean archer appears in Kevin's bedroom one February afternoon, neither of them are sure what happened. The only thing Kevin knows is that he's got to get Archer back in his own time before they change the course of history forever.

Obviously the set-up is meant to tell a story that educates as well as entertains. The book is mostly successful in incorporating facts organically and there is enough arrow-wielding action to entertain most kids. The audio recording was fine, though not particularly spectacular. ( )
  abbylibrarian | Aug 4, 2009 |
Kevin Kim is visited by a legendary king of ancient Korea. Kevin must figure out how to return Archer to his own time. An interesting look at Korean history and legend. ( )
  cpotter | May 13, 2009 |
Kevin, a middle schooler or a little younger, is a Korean American boy bored with just about everything, and has an ambivalent relationship with his math-genius father. By magic, the legendary Korean archer, Koh Chu-mong, from ancient Korean history (Koguryo period) appears in his room. In their quest to return Koh to his time and place, Kevin learns important lessons that will bring discipline and interest back into the everyday chores of school, and establish a new and exciting connection with his Korean heritage, and his father. ( )
  sungene | Dec 12, 2008 |
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TWELVE-YEAR-OLD KEVIN, A Korean American math whiz, is shocked beyond belief when a young man, complete with bow and arrows, crash lands in his bedroom. And that’s just the beginning. The man, called Skillful Archer, claims to be a legendary ruler from ancient Korea. While Kevin tries explaining contemporary life to the man he nicknames Archie, the young ruler teaches Kevin about focusing his thoughts in an attempt to help him return to his kingdom. There’s not a moment to lose as Kevin uses Korean history and folktales, math, and the Chinese Zodiac to help his friend travel back through time before the Year of the Tiger ends. If Archie can’t get home, history will be forever changed.

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Twelve-year-old Kevin Kim helps Chu-mong, a legendary king of ancient Korea, return to his own time.

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