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The Bandit: An Ancient Chinese Story

Author Stewart Ross

Historical

autonomy, discrimination, overcoming adversity, bravery

In this story set in China around 200 BCE, Biyu and her friend Ji Bang must pit their wits against Zhao Gao, the evil minister of emperor Er Shi, and his imperial guard. Will they succeed in rescuing Biyu’s father from an awful fate?

Chapters

  • Chapter 1 A Deadly Secret

    For the first time in my life I felt like an adult. Well, I was an adult. Sort of. Mother was sick and Father had to stay at home to look after my little brothers. So here I was, out in the fields...

  • Chapter 2 The Vision

    “Here’s my respect for YOU!” I yelled, kicking the soldier as hard as I could in the shins. As he staggered back, I launched myself at the second soldier. “Run for it, Father!” I screamed. My att...

  • Chapter 3 The Haunted Raft

    So there I was, standing in front of Ji and Mrs Bang with a strange look on my face and my mouth hanging open like a basket. “Hey, Biyu!” cried Ji. “What’s the matter? You look as if you’ve seen ...

  • Chapter 4 The Attack!

    Ignoring Ji’s warning, I glanced round. He was right, the men closing in on us did indeed look rough: red and gold bandannas round their shaven heads, belts stuffed with all kinds of swords and kn...

  • Chapter 5 Into the Ravine

    Father realized in an instant what Ji and I were doing. “Cut the rope!” he yelled when he saw me hesitating. “That's an order, Biyu!” I remembered the last time he had used those words, and knew ...