Archer's Quest

Archer s Quest In Dorchester New York Kevin is doing his homework when suddenly an arrow comes out of nowhere and pins his baseball cap to the wall The man who shot the arrow claims he fell off a tiger and wound u

  • Title: Archer's Quest
  • Author: Linda Sue Park
  • ISBN: 9780618596317
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In Dorchester, New York, Kevin is doing his homework when suddenly an arrow comes out of nowhere and pins his baseball cap to the wall The man who shot the arrow claims he fell off a tiger and wound up in Kevin s room It s not long before Kevin realizes that the man, who calls himself Chu mong, or Great Archer, is no ordinary burglar, but a traveler from far away iIn Dorchester, New York, Kevin is doing his homework when suddenly an arrow comes out of nowhere and pins his baseball cap to the wall The man who shot the arrow claims he fell off a tiger and wound up in Kevin s room It s not long before Kevin realizes that the man, who calls himself Chu mong, or Great Archer, is no ordinary burglar, but a traveler from far away in both space and time.A visit to the local museum confirms that there was a king named Chu mong in ancient Korea who was legendary for many accomplishments, including exceptional skill with bow and arrow Kevin knows little about his own Korean heritage, but he understands that unless Archer returns to his people and his throne, history will be changed forever And he s determined to help Archer go back, no matter what it takes.Award winning novelist Linda Sue Park has created a funny and suspenseful adventure, incorporating intriguing bits of Korean history and lore, that will captivate even reluctant readers and will add to her audience of devoted fans Author s note.

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    1. Well done story. A young boy of Korean heritage is confronted by a Korean leader from an earlier age who suddenly appears in his bedroom. He seems to have traveled through time to the present. The boy learns about his culture and "honor" from the man he calls Archer. The story incorporates Korean history which the boy comes to appreciate more. The boy's difficult relationship with his father is improved as a result of the "visit." Audiobook was ok, very listen-able.

    2. I listened to this time-travel/ancient Korean lore fantasy as an audiobook. Light, breezy, and enjoyable. Just when Archer starts to get a bit too grand and heroic, he unexpectedly guffaws at a bit of bathroom humor when Kevin teaches him how to make an instant joke by adding the phrase "on the toilet" to one's fortune-cookie fortune. (Heh!)

    3. The main value here is that this book addresses Korean culture, history, and has Korean characters. This book is not up to Park's usual standards, much younger, kind of stiff, and trying to please the elementary/middle school crowd.

    4. I’m going to start off by saying Archer’s Quest by Linda Sue Park was one peculiar adventure. The thought that its tale lasted only a day is quite stunning! There were only four major settings, and two main characters which was awesome for me because some books just have too much to keep track of. I loved the cover because it’s so comic like, but at the same time realistic. The book has a nice feel when I hold it in my hands: smooth and glossy. It was really easy to read as well with the [...]

    5. I loved Single Shard, and expected more from this story, but it failed to impress me. Linda Sue Park put together a good little magical mystery, but it’s very contrived. The main character hates school, especially history. Then a guy from B.C. Korea shows up in his room. They embark on an adventure of sorts trying to figure out how to get him back to his proper place and time. And of course do so by using math skills and the Chinese Zodiac. Proving he is smarter and more skilled then he previo [...]

    6. This book was awesome. It accomplishes several things. It teaches values and can help people take more interest in history. It's exciting. It's short (not drawn out more than it needs to be, for what it is). It's strange (we could all use a good dose of time-traveling Korean archers riding tigers now and then).Anyway, I read a few accounts of Chu-mong on some old, public domain books (on It's pretty interesting, but there are considerable differences between the legends I saw and [...]

    7. I got this book not realizing it is for Young Adults. But since it deals with a historical character that I love (Chumong) I decided to go ahead and read it. It is absolutely fabulous. It reminded me of Kdrama "Rooftop Prince" about an ancient Korean Prince who lands in modern day Seoul, but here, the character who did the time travel to modern times is Chumong, the founder of ancient Goguryeo Kingdom, and he not only lands in modern times, but also in the U.S. That surely is the foundation for [...]

    8. Archer's Quest is about a twelve-year-old boy named Kevin, whose homework session is interrupted by a strange man named Chu-Mong, aka Archer. He tells Kevin that he fell off his tiger and doesn't know how he got to Kevin's house. Eventually, Kevin realizes that Archer is from the past, and it is up to him to help Archer get back to his own time. The story follows Kevin and Archer as they figure out the mystery of how Archer can get back to the past.Overall, I thought this was a pretty good book, [...]

    9. Roman Antonio’s review:Linda Sue Park offers another gem for tweens and young adults readers to dive into. Archer’s Quest is a story about 12 year old boy named Kevin who is home alone and while doing social studies homework he is interrupted my an intruder who carries a bow and arrows. As Kevin realizes what is happening he panics and realizes that he is home alone and his parents come home late on Monday. The intruder which has stormed into Kevin’s room claims to be Koh Chu-mong, the Gre [...]

    10. I would rate this book as seven because I thought the plot of the story was dragging on. However I believe the message of this story would connect well with the students as they may have similar motives when it comes to finding the worth of homework. This book would be good to use in a classroom during a lesson about the importance of history. As our future is effected by our past and this book shows the importance to why the main character should be more engaged in his history assignments. In t [...]

    11. I really enjoyed how well Park used the fantasy element within this book. The book got very suspenseful when Kevin was trying to help the Great Archer back to his own time. I was always wondering what would happen next, and if Kevin would be able to get him back. I know this is the exact way that younger elementary school kids would be feeling. I think this would be one of those books that most kids would not be able to put down. I believe this book could be used in two different ways. I think i [...]

    12. A Korean king from 55 B.C. just appears in Kevin’s bedroom while he’s working on his history homework. Since "Archie" is from ancient Korea, he doesn’t know anything about the modern world. He is amazed by electricity, cars, and the telephone. Kevin needs to figure out a way to get Archie back to his own time—before his parents come home from work and wonder why this strange man is in their house. There were a few humorous moments in this book; students will especially laugh at Archie's [...]

    13. Now that was a cool book. A Korean king from the distant past magically appears in the bedroom of a modern tweenage boy. While the boy, Kevin, teaches the king, Archer, about the modern world, Archer teaches Kevin what it means to be a hero. Archer's Quest gives you some nice lessons through time travel.What I liked about this book:• The character arc of our hero kid Kevin--he comes around from being a history-hater to someone who appreciates the perspective that the past brings us.• You lea [...]

    14. It all started out as an ordinary day. Kevin was sitting at his computer when suddenly a stranger with a bow and arrow was standing behind him ready to shoot. The stranger is Chu-mong, a legendary king and great archer from ancient Korea. Kevin needs to help him find a way back to his correct time before the year of the tiger ends. Readers and listeners will enjoy the visit to the zoo as Chu-mong enters the tiger’s pit. Linda Sue Park, a Newbery Medal winning author for A Single Shard, has wri [...]

    15. This is a solid three and half stars. As a pretty hard scorer, I'm kind of annoyed this doesn't have an overall higher rating. Many of the reviewers seem to think it would bore kids, although I don't really think it would. Also, they may not have students I've had who desperately read anything with Asian characters in order to read about anyone who has a similar heritage to their own and would really adore a book with this level of adventure (not to mention geared towards boys which I've found a [...]

    16. Audiobook. Kevin Kim gets caught in an unusual predicament when ancient Korean King, Chu-mong, magically appears in his bedroom one evening and needs help getting back to his own time. I took this on a 9-year-old boys recommendation. A cute story that seamlessly weaves Korean history into the narrative. A big sucker for story's about misplaced historical figures, I expected more mass confusion from the confused king. The thoughtful nature of Chu-mong's character, though, tempered the more impuls [...]

    17. I read this book as part of my job as a librarian (sweet gig). It's a book 3rd through 8th graders will read next year as part of a statewide book contest. It was a quick and easy time travel story. It will be great for 3rd and 4th graders. The most interesting part for me was the embedded math problem the main character solved. I like that the author included Chinese zodiac information, but she did not take it far enough into the future. Any kid born after 2000 will have to look elsewhere to be [...]

    18. 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 [...]

    19. This was a young reader choice book and I had read A Single Shard, so I was sorely disappointed in the book. There was not much action and it just didn't flow well. The main character did a lot of thinking.I also read it out loud to my reading class. About a third into the book I was sad I'd chosen it. At least it had some rising action, a climax and a clear conclusion to put on the story map. I was bored. I have a lot of fantastic read out louds, but this was not one of them. At least my readin [...]

    20. My kids (ages 8 and 11) might have given this a 4. I'd give it a high three. They have willingly listened each night and always ask for another chapter. It's a time-travel book of Chu-mong from Korea 55 B.C. to Kevin in 2003 (or so) and them figuring out how to get him back where he belongs. References to internet searches, math in your head, a few good moral lessons (on being deceitful and what is a lie, being "good" etc.), just the funny experiences of someone who hasn't seen modern life, havi [...]

    21. Math, logic and history are put to the test when Koh Chu-Mong, founder of Korea and famed archer, falls off his tiger and into Kevin’s bedroom in modern-day America, and the two must figure out how to sent the historic figure back in time in this gripping, fun tale.• Potential Use: Pure fun; good curriculum tie-in with history and math.• Child Appeal: Historical figure comes to life; quasi-fantastical, exciting; math and logic puzzles; and of course, archery!

    22. This book is very different from the last book I read by this author, and it's hard not to try to compare the two. "A Single Shard" is excellent and won a Newbery Award. "Archer's Quest" was interesting and I read it quickly because I kept wanting to find out why the chain of events happened in the first place. Unfortunately that question was never answered. I did enjoy the historical fiction aspects of this story, but otherwise nothing stands out as being exceptional or noteworthy.

    23. I originally put the book down but picked it up again as my daughter decided to participate in our district's Bookfest program. The book tied in with her social studies focus of family history and ancestry which was interesting. There were some funny parts as the archer learns about 20th century technology. The archer has some good lessons for his "little frog", Kevin about patience, respect and perseverance.

    24. Interesting fantasy about an ancient king of Korea landing in Kevin, a modern-day boy's bedroom. The quest is to figure out how to send Archer, the king back to his time. In the process, I learned about ancient Korean history and discipline. I usually bristle at preachy stories for children but this wasn't preachy at all. Nicely done. I read some of it aloud to English Language Learners in third through fifth grade and they were engaged and amused. Success!

    25. I read this book and thought it was amzing. If i wasn't in bookclub I would never have picked that book up to read because I wouldn't of had to read it. This book is about this Chinese person lands in a little boys bedroom and has to get back to his contry or his country will be destroyed because it is hisory. So the booy helps him get back in time. This is a really good book that will make you want to keep reading. It is so good.

    26. I hated to give this 2 stars, because I did like it. But Archer's Quest could have been so much better! More action, please, and danger!I did like the interesting parts of Korean history and culture. Also, since this story involves time travel, it's fun to chuckle at the contrasts in the time periods. Finally, the message is inspiring: "ordinary" people can do great things: the key is persistence.Probably rated G.

    27. Not one of my favorites. I do like that it teaches the reader a little bit about Korea's history which we don't hear much about and there are a couple of nice teaching moments where Kevin does some difficult math in his head and figures out the best way to research his topic. I have a feeling that this book does not have a lot of young followers because the plot doesn't really draw the reader in.

    28. I liked this book very much it has a interesting plot.I think this book would interest a lot of people that like animals,history,magic,action.Someone like me or the rest of my family.It teaches you how to stay still with out moving a inche book may interest you if you read it.I know I liked it. i'll give it a 10 out of 10.

    29. i don't think this book was a good read. The story is too absurd.And what's with the historically incorrect details? How could she have written this? She does this incorrect hirtory things with many of her "korean-inspired" books, but this one is just too much. I gtta write her a letter to shake some sense in her.

    30. A boy's story, but one that adventure-loving girls will enjoy as well. Kevin learns a lot about himself when he is visited by a Korean king who was born in 55BC. All of a sudden, Kevin has to use all his wits to help Archer return to his country and his time before the clock runs out. I enjoyed both the adventurous plot and the cultural information contained in this novel.

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