OWL NINJA by Sandy Fussell


From the "Samurai Kids" series, volume 2
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Age Range: 10 - 15


Whereas the first of the Samurai Kids series had a lagging pace, the sophomore installment’s rhythm has improved, much like the martial-arts skills of its characters. Coming off their dark-horse victory at the Samurai Trainee Games, the Cockroach Ryu, consisting of six outcasts with physical anomalies from blindness to albinism, find themselves in a climate of uncertainty as they embark on the noble and frightening mission to beg the emperor for peace in a time of war—but not without help from the elusive ninja. Their voyage, narrated by the Ryu’s increasingly prudent Niya, who has only one leg and must navigate the world with a crutch, is delicately crafted, creating a poetic formula that makes the tale a smoothly transitioned tableau of action and humor. Charming kernels of wisdom woven throughout are invaluable to anyone feeling on the wrong side of fortunate: “Friends make the best crutches.” Authentically rendered illustrations enhance the heartfelt story, which ends with what’s-in-store expectations. An illustrated character guide is generously included for those moments of wondering who’s who. (Historical adventure. 10-15) 

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7636-5003-2
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2011


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