YOUNG SAMURAI by Chris Bradford


The Way of the Sword
Age Range: 9 - 12
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Having completed the Way of the Warrior at Niten Ichi Ryu school, Jack is preparing to learn the Way of the Sword, the next discipline needed to defend his father’s notebook and defeat the one-eyed ninja, Dragon Eye. When Masamoto announces a special challenge to learn his coveted fighting style, Jack knows this may be his opportunity. Though the second in Bradford’s Young Samurai series, the work stands alone and doesn’t require familiarity with the first text. Packed with staves, swords and martial arts, action dominates character development and historical setting. Jack’s continual bemoaning of his outsider (gaijin) status in early-17th-century Japan quickly becomes annoying, especially for anyone vaguely familiar with the insular nature of traditional Japanese culture. The glossary and pronunciation guide will be quite helpful to curious readers, and the origami-crane directions add a touch of whimsy. Acceptable, but Jack could profit from a dash of wasabi. (Action. 9-12)

Pub Date: March 16th, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4231-2025-4
Page count: 432pp
Publisher: Triumph Books
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2010


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