Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country by Allan Richard Shickman

A great continuation of Zan-Gah’s story.  Zan-Gah and his twin brother Dael are reunited after being separated for two years.  But their relationship is strained and no longer reflects the great childhood relationship they once had.  Upon their return to the tribe, Dael slowly comes out of his shell with Lissa-Na’s help but after a great loss Dael’s mind starts to degrade at a much faster pace.  We see Dael struggle with his past and present while Zan-Gah tries to help his brother and renew their relationship.

What I really enjoyed about this story was that although it was set in prehistoric times, we were never overburdened with that environment.  The story centered around the relationship of the brothers and their impact on the tribe and their leadership role within the tribe.  I actually had to remind myself of the setting every once in a while.  This is a story that could easily be taken to any environment.  The mental health issues that Dael was working through are very relevant in today’s society and family.

Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure and Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country were my first young adult books set in the prehistoric times and were great stories dealing with familial relationships.  Both are definite reads and recommended for 12 yrs and over.

I want to thank Earthshaker Books for providing these books

Favourite quotes:

“Being smart is more important than being strong.”         p.50

“People not only disagreed with each other, they often were at odds with themselves, leaning one way by day and another by night.”        p.133

Shickman, Allan Richard. (2009).  Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country. St Louis, MO:  Earthshaker Books.


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