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For year, Ying hated his grandmaster for denying him the opportunity to train as a Dragon, and held a deep resentment for his five younger brothers–grandmaster’s favorites. He took his revenge and burnt the Cangzhen temple to the ground, but the five youngsters survived and continue to be a thorn in his side. Yet, when betrayed by the emperor and imprisoned, it was his younger sister, Hok, who rescued him. Now Ying begins to realize that Tonglong has been manipulating him for a long time. Ying needs to figure out who are his friends and who are his enemies . . .and he needs to figure it out fast!


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BANG!

Sixteen-year-old Ying shoved his former sister, Hok, to the ground with all his might.He saw her eyes widen as a qiang ball whistled over her head. Ying’s carved face twisted into an angry scowl. How many times was he going to have to save her life tonight? He turned and slammed the door closed on the burning arena of the Jinan Fight Club.

Inside the club’s main tunnel, Ying’s eyes quickly adjusted to the orange-yellow glow of torches lining the stone-walled corridor. He glanced down at Hok and, next to her, Seh. Through the smoke drifting in from under the door, Ying saw that Hok held a tiny jade crane in one hand and Malao’s ornate monkey stick in the other. Both were trophies from her time in the pit arena.

In his own hands, Ying held his long chain whip and a ring of keys he’d just taken from LaoShu, the qiang-wielding fight club owner. LaoShu screamed suddenly on the other side of the door, and Ying heard roof timbers crash down. The ground and walls shook, and Ying knew that LaoShu–the Rat–would give them no more trouble.

Ying spat and pivoted away from the door, ignoring the pain of cracked ribs and weeks-old bone bruises. The nagging injuries were his trophies, presented to him in prison by General Tsung almost a month before. Ying wrapped his chain whip around his waist and groaned. He grabbed the collar of Hok’s dress, yanking her to her feet.

“Move!” Ying hissed, pointing down the corridor. He looked at his former brother Seh. “You too.”

Hok took a step forward, but Seh didn’t react. He just stared at Ying, blank-faced. What is wrong with Seh? Ying wondered. He reached out to slap some sense into him, but Hok grabbed his arm.

“Seh is blind,” Hok said. “Not deaf. He had an accident.”

“Blind?”Ying said. “Leave him, then.”

Hok shook her head.“No.”

Ying shrugged. “Suit yourself.” He spun around and walked quickly down the tunnel corridor, the rough cotton robe of his Pit Cleaner disguise chafing his beaten flesh.

“Ying, wait,” Hok said. She took Seh by the arm and hurried after Ying. Ying slowed for a moment, scanning the corridor. He saw no sign of guards ahead. They must have cleared out after the fire began. Ying glanced back and saw Hok and Seh catching up. They looked like a pair of children whose dress-up tea party had ended in a fistfight. Hok’s elegant silk dress was torn in several places and bloodstained from her fierce battle with General Tsung in the pit arena. Seh’s simple gray robe was covered in dirt and splotches of who knows what else from rolling along the pitarena floor en route to this tunnel.

Ying began to walk again. Hok and Seh remained on his tail.

“Why are you helping us?”Hok soon asked in a low voice.

“You got me out of that prison back in Kaifeng,”

Ying replied. “I am returning the favor.”

“You already met your end of our bargain,”Hok said.

“You gave me information that helped me find Malao.”

Ying scoffed.“Maybe you would consider information an equal trade for someone’s life, but I do not. My injuries were too great for me to have survived much longer there.You saved my life, and I am honor-bound to return the favor.”

“But how did you know we would be here in Jinan, at the fight club?”Hok asked.

“I didn’t come to Jinan looking for you,” Ying replied. “I came looking for Tonglong. I have a score to settle with him, and he frequents the fight clubs. I saw you and Seh standing in line outside with the round eye. I assumed you were up to something, and also assumed you would fail. I saw this as an opportunity to repay my debt.”

Ying rounded a corner. Ahead of him were rows of holding cells for prisoners who were scheduled to fight that night. All of the cells were empty save two. Inside one sat Fu. Malao was in the other.

Fu roared when he saw Ying, but Malao began to shriek, “Ying! Ying!”

One of Malao’s shoulders was bloodstained, and he had a huge lump on the side of his head. Ying ignored him.

“What are you doing here?” Malao asked. “Are those keys in your hand?”
Ying hurried past without acknowledging him. He picked up his pace.

“Ying, wait!”Malao wailed. “Come back!” Ying glanced over his shoulder and saw Hok heading toward the cells with Seh.

“Hok! Hok!”Malao shrieked. “Help us!”

Fu roared again.

“Ying!” Hok said. “Please come back. Malao is hurt.We need those keys.”

“Sorry,” Ying said, turning away. “I need the keys for the exit door.”

“Let them out first,”Hok said. “No,” Ying said. “There are too many keys on this ring. By the time I figure out which ones will open their cells, we could be dead from smoke or something else. I won’t risk it.”

“I am not leaving here without Fu and Malao,”Hok said.

“Then my debt has been repaid,”Ying said. “Goodbye.”

Ying rounded another corner and began to run. Foolish children, he thought. Don’t know when to cut their losses.

Ying reached the end of the next passageway and came to a halt. The tunnel split in two directions. One way led to a set of stairs that went up to the fight club, while the other corridor sloped gently upward toward a ground-level exit door. If he were to encounter any guards or others fleeing the burning fight club, this would be the place.

Ying squeezed the key ring tight so it wouldn’t jingle and peered around the corner. Smoke was streaming toward the exit. That meant the exit door was open, sucking the smoke toward it.

Ying listened closely.

Down the corridor in the direction of the exit, he heard footsteps. Someone coughed. “I can’t believe we’re being sent back in here,” a man said. “We should just wait by the exit door. It’s the only way out for those kids.”


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Jeff Stone lives in the Midwest with his wife and two children and practices the martial arts daily. Though Mr. Stone isn't Chinese, his wife is. She’s from Hong Kong and speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, and English fluently. They have two children, a daughter age 5 and a son age 3. Both children speak Cantonese and English. Mr. Stone thinks his English skills are pretty good, but his Cantonese still needs a lot of work.
Like the Five Ancestors, Mr. Stone was adopted as an infant. He began searching for his birth mother when he was eighteen and found her fifteen years later.
Mr. Stone has worked as a photographer, an editor, a maintenance man, a technical writer, a ballroom dance instructor, a concert promoter, and a marketing director for companies that design schools, libraries, and skateboard parks.
When he isn’t busy hiking, fishing, reading, playing sports, practicing martial arts, or traveling to Hong Kong with his wife and two children, Mr. Stone can usually be spotted writing at home.
Teachers Guide

Teacher's Guide



ABOUT THIS BOOK

Grades 6 up
Filled with action and adventure and seeped in Chinese culture, this series is perfect for engaging young readers!

Ying hates his grandmaster for denying him the opportunity to train as a Dragon, and holds a deep resentment for his five younger brothers–grandmaster’s favorites. He takes his revenge and burns the Cangzhen temple to the ground, but the five youngsters survive and continue to be a thorn in his side. Yet, when he is betrayed by the emperor and imprisoned, it is his younger sister, Hok, who rescues him. Now Ying begins to realize that Tonglong has been manipulating him for a long time. Ying needs to figure out who are his friends and who are his enemies . . . and he needs to figure it out fast!

TEACHING IDEAS

USING THE SERIES AS A WHOLE

KUNG FU—STYLE DOCUMENTARIES
In groups of three or four, have students research one of the animals–tiger, monkey, snake, crane, or eagle–in its natural habitat, exploring the following questions and more: What are the animal’s physical attributes and how does it move? What adaptations ensure its survival? What are its sleeping and feeding habits? Who are its natural enemies? Have students relate their research findings to the personalities and abilities of Fu, Malao, Seh, Hok, and Ying. How would one monk naturally get along with the other monks? Which monks would be natural enemies? How do their natural abilities help them in their kung fu styles? Next have the groups write and film a short video “documentary” explaining how the animal relates to the kung fu style of the monk. They will need to incorporate a variety of visual elements and sequences in their animal documentary and explain the role the animal plays in the young monk’s life that they chose to research. For example, the albino monkey in Malao’s life, the snake that attaches itself to Seh, the crane that helps Hok, and the tiger that stays in the distance for Fu. Students may follow the model of public television animal programs or may adapt the edgier tone of documentary programs such as The Crocodile Hunter.

CANGZHEN TEMPLE CHARACTER CHRONOLOGIES
Divide students into five groups and give each group one of the books in the Five Ancestors series. Ask each group to follow their character from the burning of the temple to the end of the series, making a list of each of the major stops along their journey, noting when possible the time lapse between moves the character makes, who he or she is traveling with, and the moves of the other characters. Then on a long piece of bulletin-board paper have each group first write their character’s events on a time line, and then illustrate in color each event along the time line, making a mural that shows the travels and experiences of all five of the monks after the temple burned. When the time line is complete, students will be able to see where the lives of each brother and their sister have intersected on the journey to their destiny.

A FINE LINE: TRACING THE LINEAGE OF THE FIVE ANCESTORS
A family tree traces the background of a family to its origins. Starting at the bottom of the tree, ask each pair of students to write the names of each of the five monks, and on the same horizontal level write the names of their brothers and sisters. Just above the monks and their siblings, students should write the names of their parents (fathers and mothers) using both the animal name and the Cantonese name of everyone in the tree. If additional explanations are needed about any of the relationships, ask students to write the explanations on a side bar and identify the additional explanations with numbers correlating to each monk. Two generations of Cantonese monks has made for a strong family tree. Ask students to write on one side of the tree a brief explanation of how each of the five young monks came to be at the Cangzhen Temple.

DISCUSSION AND WRITING

REVENGE–A hatred for Grandmaster and the pain he has caused in Ying’s life drives Ying to seek revenge and fuels the killing rampage. How does his desire for revenge prevent him from achieving his goal of becoming a general in the Emperor’s army? Ying wants to stand out, to be respected, and most of all, to be feared. Does he ever achieve the status for which he longs? Why or why not?

TRUST–Long helps Ying escape from Tonglong and his soldiers since Ying rescued Hok, Fu, Malao, and Seh from the Jinan Fight Club. Long’s honor motivates him to help Ying even though Ying has proved himself to be filled with hate and revenge. Why does Ying trust that Long will not betray him? In Chapter 21 Ying says he can believe someone, even if he doesn’t trust him. What does he mean? Has this ever happened to you?

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

HISTORY–In Chapter 16, Ying marvels at the Grand Canal and how it was created. With a partner, ask students to investigate the Grand Canal and report on their discoveries. Students should start with this Web site: www.chinapage.com/canal.html Then assign each pair of students to make a clay topography map of a specific, section of the canal. Students can then arrange their canal sections in the proper order and display the complete map in the library or the classroom.

SCIENCE–Ying hopes to purchase a snake in order to mix its blood with the dragon bone, a mixture that will give him strength and healing. In Chapter 18, the pet vendor at the marketplace describes to Ying the various types of snakes he has available. Ask students to research these snakes by name and appearance to discover more about the types of snakes found in China. Ask each student to select a different snake to report on to the class. Have students prepare a poster board displaying the natural habitat and surroundings of the snake, the snake in its natural element, and possible prey. Display the posters as a herpetological display of the snakes of China.

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