Owl Ninja

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Candlewick Press, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 248 pages
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The uniquely talented samurai kids are back -- and ready to join forces with a ninja clan! -- as the fast-paced martial arts series continues.

(Ages 9-14)

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?

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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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - Thorpe-Bowker and Contributors - Books+Publishing

As war drums echo an invitation across the mountains of Japan, the students of one Samurai training school set themselves a dangerous mission. The Cockroach Ryu kids hope to reach the Emperor and ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Sandy Fussell lives in Australia, works in information technology, and loves history. The Samurai Kids series is her first literary venture.

Rhian Nest James has illustrated more than sixty children’s books, including Samurai Kids: White Crane. Born in Wales, she now lives in Australia.

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