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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Review - Enter The Parrot by Kiki Lon
Title: Enter The Parrot
Author: Kiki Lon
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
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Rating: You Gotta Read It
Reviewed by: Vivienne
Jade struggles with all the usual problems attached with High School, she doesn’t fit in, she is lusting after a boy and she is slightly gainly in weight. If that wasn’t enough to deal with she is a white girl growing up in a Chinese family, which causes lots of problems within the school environment. On top of all that she is being left strange messages on cards, which tell her, the Jade Monkey has chosen her.
Her grandfather to help him find his missing parrot, who has mysteriously disappeared, then calls upon Jade. Jade’s grandfather then decides to train her in the martial arts traditions that have been passed down through generations.
Jade begins intensive training, which is boosted by her school’s decision to teach them karate and Jade begins to move like a karate expert. As well as training, Jade searches for clues concerning the missing parrots and discovers cryptic clues left by her grandfathers former teacher. Through in a couple of competing love interests and Jade’s world is on a roller coaster ride.
I absolutely loved this book. This is a Young Adult story full of kung fu and Chinese traditions. Imagine a mixture of Karate Kid and Disney’s Wendy Woo but with more wit and kick and you will arrive at this book.
The story is so entertaining from the very beginning, full of description, well written characters, lots of action and a little bit of romantic tension.
You watch Jade change from a shy girl who likes to go unnoticed, to a strong, confidant It girl. Jade is a white girl living with a Chinese mum, which causes her endless complications and misconceptions by others and she handles it well. Her two friends are interesting characters, each with their own uniqueness. Alex, desperate to live the kung fu Asian life, becomes astounded by Jade’s abilities as the book progresses.
I would definitely recommend this book; there wasn’t a single thing I didn’t enjoy about it. It is definitely one of the best and most original Young Adult books I have read this year.