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China: Why Was an Army Made of Clay?

Series: Earth Inspectors #7
Author: Brightfield, Richard
Illustrators: Frueh, Mark (cover)
Sorel, Madeline (interior)
Release Date: 1989
ISBN: 0070479992 / 9780070479999
Length:102 pages (plus glossary)
Number of Endings:1
LC Cataloging in Publication Summary: As an Earth Inspector, the reader tries to solve the riddle of the army made of clay.
Demian's Thoughts: This book is slightly above average for the series; it feels rather pointless, but at least it's well paced. It's also interesting to compare this to the twenty-first Time Machine book, Caravan to China, which visits some of the same periods of history but presents them very differently.

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Dtar's Thoughts: I like the way this book is structured, in that it encourages the reader to explore all of the time periods that it gives as options before finally leading to the end. This may take away from the play aspect a bit, but in favor of the education aspect. There are interesting historical explorations over a pretty broad range of time and distance, and I'd say it's well done. The ending is a bit anticlimactic, just taking you to present day and what is known and can be seen of the Terra-cotta warriors, which is fine for a reader who has no knowledge of the subject matter.

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