Owl Ninja (Samurai Kids Series #2)
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Owl Ninja (Samurai Kids Series #2)

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by Sandy Fussell
     
 

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Across the valley, a drumbeat echoes. For ten days, the drum will call the mountain ryus to war, including the samurai kids from the Cockroach Ryu. Only Japan’s feudal emperor can stop the war, so Niya and Sensei Ki-Yaga set off on a grueling journey with all the Cockroaches, whose firm friendship and unusual skills must be put to the test in order to beg the

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Across the valley, a drumbeat echoes. For ten days, the drum will call the mountain ryus to war, including the samurai kids from the Cockroach Ryu. Only Japan’s feudal emperor can stop the war, so Niya and Sensei Ki-Yaga set off on a grueling journey with all the Cockroaches, whose firm friendship and unusual skills must be put to the test in order to beg the Emperor to maintain peace. Sensei Ki-Yaga is respected and wise, but unfortunately, the last time he encountered the Emperor, the Emperor threatened to cut off his head. All seems hopeless until Ki-Yaga guides the Cockroaches to meet with the Owl Ninja clan. Samurai and ninja are supposed to be enemies, but can these two groups somehow work together to save the sensei and stop the battle in time?

A JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION

The samurai and the ninja are sworn enemies — but the Cockroach Ryu must join forces with the Owl Ninja if they are to stop a war and save their beloved sensei.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cara Chancellor
The six young samurai of the Cockroach Ryu have done the unthinkable. Despite their handicaps—one missing a leg, a second an arm, a third his sight, a fourth his spirit, a fifth his courage, and the last of them an albino girl—they won last year's Samurai Trainee Games and shamed the boastful Dragon Ryu. Their success is due in no small part to their Sensei, Ki-Yaga, once a legendary warrior and samurai to the Emperor himself. Sensei believes teamwork and foresight always trump brute force, and, thus far, his unusual collection of students has proven him right. Now, a new threat looms: the war drums beat in the mountains, and in ten days, each ryu must choose a side in the forthcoming battle. No longer will the students be in training; they will fight, and, likely, die. Determined to prevent bloodshed and force the warlords to uphold a fifty-year peace, Ki-Yaga takes the six on a dangerous trek to the Imperial City. Once there, however, the students must confront their greatest challenge yet. They are unstoppable with Ki-Yaga behind them, but how will they fare when Sensei disappears? Fussell's crew is lively and entertaining, especially Niya, the one-legged narrator who makes up in cheekiness what he lacks in agility. The story shines when it revels in Sensei's dry, understated humor, yet is comparatively bland during what should be highly dramatic moments, such as when Niya almost drowns in a river. Nevertheless, the smartly paced action and sharply defined characters make this a fun, quick read with potential classroom application for character traits, comparison/contrast, and other basic literary concepts. Reviewer: Cara Chancellor
Kirkus Reviews

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763650032
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
02/08/2011
Series:
Samurai Kids Series, #2
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
7.88(w) x 5.38(h) x 0.92(d)
Lexile:
600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Sandy Fussell is a debut author who works in information technology and has a strong interest in history. She lives in Australia.

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