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Samurai Kids 1


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In addition to the bestselling Samurai Kids books, Sandy has is the author of another unique historical
fiction novel, Polar Boy. She currently lives south of Sydney where she works in IT. For more
information about the author and the samurai kids, please visit her website

Rhian Nest James started working as a freelance illustrator in 1987 and has since illustrated over 60 children's books. Rhian moved to Sydney, Australia from her native Wales in 2002.


Gr 5-7-Friendship triumphs in this Australian import set in feudal Japan. Niya Moto and his friends all struggle with a disadvantage in their samurai training: he is missing a leg, and his fellow students are missing an arm, are blind, have extra fingers and toes, or refuse to fight. But by putting faith in their friendship and following the quiet wisdom of their sensei, they discover they can triumph against the odds. Filled with Zen-sounding aphorisms, the book has moments of sheer cleverness, making the obvious themes easier to swallow. The style seems geared toward struggling readers, and the setting is sure to appeal to samurai vs. ninja fans who aren't too concerned about historical accuracy. Some details, such as sword making and bushido philosophy, seem well grounded in the period, while major plot designs, such as training children with missing limbs to be samurai, come across as utterly inaccurate, and Niya sounds like a modern Western narrator. Still, the depiction of children overcoming the physical odds is positive. Black-and-white illustrations enhance the storytelling, and the little bit of Japanese sprinkled in is well explained.-Alana Joli Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Featured/recommended * ECASL (Essex County Assn. Of School Librarians) Newsletter *
Told in the timeless present making it move along at a good pace. As an enjoyable, well constructed story for a wide age-range, it's a winner. * Magpies *
A good read for upper primary children looking for adventure and action with a touch of Japan. * Australian Bookseller and Publisher *
...its easy readability makes it accessible for nearly everyone, young and old. I would recommend this book for anyone above the age of 10.... much older readers will also get something out of it, whether it be an appreciation of Bushido, the noble samurai code, the idea to look through the surface and see the person beneath or simply a very good read. * Yarra Review *

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