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The Ninja Librarians: Sword in the Stacks
     

The Ninja Librarians: Sword in the Stacks

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by Jen Swann Downey
 

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Shelve This Book Under "D" for Dangerous.
(Also daring, dramatic, dashing, daft, and dazzling!)

After stumbling upon the secret society of time-traveling ninja librarians, Dorrie has finally joined Petrarch's Library as an apprentice! One day, she'll actually go on missions to rescue people whose words have gotten them into trouble. For now she's taking

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Shelve This Book Under "D" for Dangerous.
(Also daring, dramatic, dashing, daft, and dazzling!)

After stumbling upon the secret society of time-traveling ninja librarians, Dorrie has finally joined Petrarch's Library as an apprentice! One day, she'll actually go on missions to rescue people whose words have gotten them into trouble. For now she's taking some interesting classes:
• First and Last Aid: When Nobody Else is Coming
• Spears, Axes, and Cats: Throwing Objects with Precision and Flair
• Codes, Invisible Inks, and Smoke Signals: Keeping Secrets 101

But on a training mission to 1912 England, Dorrie finds herself dangerously close to a member of the Stronghold — the Library's biggest enemy. This is her opportunity! Dorrie can spy on the enemy, find the missing key...and become a real Lybrarian!

But if she makes a mistake, Dorrie could lead their enemy right to the very place she's trying to save...and everyone she cares about.

Praise for The Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand:

"Scrambles so madcap that it's hard to turn the pages fast enough to keep up."-Kirkus Starred Review
"[A] melding of fantasy, adventure, and history...Readers who miss the collegial, magical setting of Hogwarts will enjoy exploring Petrarch's Library." — School Library Journal
"Delightfully funny from the first page." -Booklist
"A rollicking adventure with a smart heroine, heaps of mystery and the whole of history to explore. It's like finding Lara Croft running your local library! " -Lissa Evans, author of Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Dorrie's quest to join the heroic lybrarians in protecting intellectual freedom in all times and climes takes her literally and figuratively from Passaic, New Jersey, into deadly waters in this madcap sequel to The Accidental Keyhand... Never a dull moment in this lybrary school.
" - Kirkus

" A multitude of where-ins, historical figures, and surprises are woven seamlessly, so that each part comes together in a satisfying, action-filled conclusion. Dorrie trusts her instincts and intellect, which get her into and out of trouble, and make her a character worth rooting for. The incorporation of historical information feels organic to the narrative, so readers will absorb facts without being pulled out of the story. The dialogue, especially Marcus', is snappy and the plot moves without pause, making this a fun, charming read. Put this in the hands of adventure-lovers who like a little substance with their time travel and swordplay." - School Library Journal

School Library Journal
07/01/2016
Gr 4–6—After being temporarily barred from Petrarch's Library, Dorrie and her brother Marcus are thrilled to resume their training as apprentice lybrarians. As excited as they are to rejoin their friends, and to help writers under threat throughout the ages, danger is waiting. The evil Foundation threatens to reverse the Library's successful missions, putting countless lives, and history, in jeopardy. A multitude of places, historical figures, and surprises are woven seamlessly, so that each part comes together in a satisfying, action-filled conclusion. Dorrie trusts her instincts and intellect, which get her into and out of trouble and make her a character worth rooting for. The incorporation of historical information feels organic to the narrative, so readers will absorb facts without being pulled out of the story. The dialogue, especially Marcus's, is snappy, and the plot moves without pause, making this a fun, charming read. VERDICT Put this in the hands of adventure lovers who like a little substance with their time travel and swordplay.—Marian McLeod, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CT
Kirkus Reviews
2016-05-04
Dorrie's quest to join the heroic lybrarians in protecting intellectual freedom in all times and climes takes her literally and figuratively from Passaic, New Jersey, into deadly waters in this madcap sequel to The Accidental Keyhand (2014).Again largely pooh-poohing the idea of downtime in concocting plots, Downey pitches her 12-year-old white protagonist into a nonstop series of mad scrambles. These range from joining fellow slovenly apprentices (a joyfully diverse crew) in a frantic pre-inspection dorm cleanup to defending the entire course of human history from extensive revision at the hands of a malign organization from the future. Meantime, summer-term assignments take her and her West African bestie Ebba from Athens—where her 14-year-old brother, Marcus, with an assignment of his own, debates Aristotle in a lawsuit—to pre-World War I London for a revolting but perspective-broadening gig with an anti-women's suffrage organization. Not to mention a surreptitious side trip to ancient Timbuktu for encounters with camels, heaps of bones, and, in a hidden cave, clues to the nefarious schemes of the mysterious Foundation. By summer term's end, Dorrie has learned how to get past profound fear after nearly drowning, picked up some pointers in swordplay from Cyrano de Bergerac, and, oh yes, dealt the schemes of the Foundation a severe setback. On to fall term!Never a dull moment in this lybrary school. (Fantasy. 10-13)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402287732
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
06/07/2016
Series:
Ninja Librarians Series , #2
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
314,526
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile:
880L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Jen Swann Downey's nonfiction pieces have appeared in New York Magazine, the Washington Post, Women's Day, and other publications. She's never visited a library in which she didn't want to spend the night. Jen lives in Charlottesville, VA, with her husband and three children and feels very lucky they have yet to fire her.

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The Ninja Librarians: Sword in the Stacks 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
NJMCM More than 1 year ago
We are huge fans of Dorrie and her adventures through time — Jen Swann Downey is one of those writers who knows how to keep her plots zigging and zagging, while keeping her readers laughing. And much laughter was heard as we read this book aloud (and our 10-year-old totally wants a room (won't give spoiler details!) like the one Dorrie, Ebba, and Marcus discovered). I also love the fact that Downey spices her story with questions that make us think about the different (and not necessarily easy) facets of freedom of speech — but she has a delicate touch, so that these questions are naturally woven into the story and not imposed on the reader. We can't wait for Dorrie's next adventure!