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Monkey

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Monkey

The Five Ancestors Series, Book 2
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In this second volume of the Five Ancestors series, Jeff Stone continues the exciting story of five youngsters destined for greatness—if they can only survive!

Alone. For the first time. No brothers, no mentors, no teachers—just eleven-year-old Malao, the "monkey," all by himself in the woods. Malao loves to make jokes and fool around, but now the only home he has ever known is burning and his four surviving temple brothers have disappeared. Suddenly nothing seems as funny as it used to.

Grandmaster told Malao to discover the secrets of his past, but for a monkey nothing is ever simple. He hasn’t traveled far when he stumbles into a battle between a group of bandits and an army of monkeys. One of the bandits looks strangely familiar, and the monkeys are led by a large, white, one-eyed male, who seems to know Malao.

In this second volume of the Five Ancestors series, Jeff Stone continues the exciting story of five youngsters destined for greatness—if they can only survive!

Alone. For the first time. No brothers, no mentors, no teachers—just eleven-year-old Malao, the "monkey," all by himself in the woods. Malao loves to make jokes and fool around, but now the only home he has ever known is burning and his four surviving temple brothers have disappeared. Suddenly nothing seems as funny as it used to.

Grandmaster told Malao to discover the secrets of his past, but for a monkey nothing is ever simple. He hasn’t traveled far when he stumbles into a battle between a group of bandits and an army of monkeys. One of the bandits looks strangely familiar, and the monkeys are led by a large, white, one-eyed male, who seems to know Malao.

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    Chapter 1


    Malao raced through the moonlit treetops, nervous energy driving him deeper and deeper into the forest.
    He had to put as much distance between himself and Cangzhen Temple as possible. Ying had returned--
    and was more dangerous than ever.

    Malao leaped off the gnarled arm of an ancient oak and soared through the night sky.

    He landed on the limb of a young maple and paused. He was lucky to be alive, let alone to have escaped
    uninjured. The same was true for his brothers Fu, Seh, Hok, and Long. Cangzhen Temple was in ruins,
    and its warrior monks--Malao's older brothers and teachers--were all dead.

    Malao began to tremble. The thunder he had heard was a devastating new weapon called a qiang. With
    the twitch of a single finger, a soldier with no training at all could now kill a kung fu master. Ying carried a
    qiang, and with it the power of a dragon. Still, that hadn't been enough for Ying. He had carved his face
    and filled the grooves with green pigment. He had forked his tongue and ground his teeth and nails into
    sharp points. Ying now looked like a dragon. A crazy, vengeful sixteen-year-old dragon.

    Malao shuddered and grabbed hold of a thick vine. He pushed off the slender maple and swung feetfirst
    toward a large elm.

    "Scatter into the four winds and uncover Ying's secrets, as well as your own," Grandmaster had told them.
    "Uncover the past, for it is your future."

    Malao released the vine and somersaulted onto one of the elm's upper limbs. Why did Grandmaster hide
    only us five? he wondered. What makes us so special?

    Grandmaster had provided only one clue. He'd said that Malao and his four brothers were linked to each
    other, and to Ying. Malao guessed it had something to do with the fact that all of them, including Ying,
    were orphans. Still, that didn't explain much. It wasn't like any of them could have had the same parents.
    They were all too different.

    Malao glanced down at his small, dark hands. He was a monkey-style kung fu master, nothing at all like
    Fu, the oversized, over-aggressive twelve-year-old "tiger," or Seh, the tall, secretive twelve-year-old
    "snake." He differed even more from Hok, the pale-skinned, logical twelve-year-old "crane," and Long, the
    wise, muscular thirteen-year-old "dragon."

    Malao sighed. He missed them already.

    A twig snapped and Malao froze. He glanced around but couldn't see anything from high in the tree.
    Cautiously, he swung down to the elm's lowest limb for a closer look. He peeked through a clump of new
    foliage and his heart skipped a beat. This part of the forest looked awfully familiar. His plan had been to
    travel in a straight line away from the temple, but he'd always been really bad with directions--

    Another twig snapped.

    Malao crouched low on the large limb and held his breath. A moment later, he saw a soldier on patrol. One
    of Ying's soldiers.

    Malao shivered. He'd run in a big circle, and now he was right back where he'd started, near Cangzhen!

    The soldier was headed in Malao's direction. Malao watched him closely. Heavy armor covered the man's
    body, and he carried a short wooden stick about as long as Malao's arm. Malao got a good look at the
    stick as the soldier passed through a pool of moonlight. The stick was nearly as big around as a monk's
    staff and was made from a very light-colored wood, white waxwood. The entire surface was decorated
    with intricate carvings that had been colored brown with a hot piece of metal. The soldier was still some
    distance away, but Malao knew exactly what those carvings...

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