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A very satisfying tale. Children in village struck down with strange plague, needs cure, call in the wise man to aide the strong, stupid, yet good intentioned guy. Their quest overlaps a different, and far older, series of events. Must find out the truth to set the past right and save all the children.
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In "an ancient China that never was," Number Ten Ox lives an ordinary life - until a mysterious plague strikes his village, or at least all the children between 8 and 13. He seeks a wise man to solve the mystery of the plague that can count, and finds Li Kao, an ancient, masterful scholar with a slight flaw in his character. Together they seek first the solution and then the cure.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   fighting a disease/illness affecting everyone Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   cure/disease/bioweapon Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   farmer Age:    -   a teen    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Mountains Earth setting:    -   general past    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a fair amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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