Kirin Rise: The Cast of Shadows

Author: Ed Cruz Publication: 2014, AuthorHouse Pages: 278 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Chicago 2032. The middle class is all but gone, leaving teeming masses of the poor and a handful or the super-rich, all of them entertained by the new national sport – The United Federation […]

Kung Fu High School

Author: Ryan Gattis Publication: 2005, Harcourt Pages: 278 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: The Good Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King High is better known as Kung Fu High School, because every kid there knows how to fight.  The school – in fact the entire town – is […]

Blue Fingers

Author: Cheryl Aylward Whitesel Publication: Clarion Books, 2004 Pages: 256 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action:  Age Category: 9-12 Brief Summary:  Koji’s identical twin, Taro, rescues Lord Oda’s master dye maker from drowning.  The dye maker offers Taro an apprenticeship, but […]

Samurai Girl 2: The Book of the Shadow

Author: Carrie Asai Publication: Simon Pulse, 2003 Pages: 224 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Heaven Kogo is still on the run from unknown enemies.  Her father is gravely injured and on the way back to […]

Battle Royale

Author: Koushun Takami Publication: 2003, Haika Souru Pages: 575 Note:  This is the English translation of a Japanese novel first published in 1999 and later made into a movie that became something of a cult sensation.  While the central premise may be somewhat similar to The Hunger Games, you should be aware that this is […]

Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness

Author: Nahoko Uehashi Publication: Arthur A. Levine, 2009 Pages: 272 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Balsa Yonsa returns to her homeland of Kanbal after more than 24 years in exile to tell people what really […]

The Way of the Warrior

Author: Andrew Matthews Publication: Dutton Children’s Books, 2008 Pages: 192 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary:  Jimmu’s father is a 16th century Japanese nobleman.  A rival lord, Choju Ankan, falsely accuses him of plotting to overthrow […]

Sisters of the Sword

  Author: Maya Snow Publication: Harper Collins, 2008 Pages: 288 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 9-12 Brief Summary:  Kimi and her younger sister Hana are the daughters of a high ranking nobleman in 13th century Japan.  Their lives […]

Wandering Warrior

Author: Da Chen Publication: Delacorte Press, 2003 Pages: 336 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 9-12 Brief Summary: China has been occupied by the Mogoes, under the leadership of Emperor Ghengi.  Luka, also known as the holy boy, is his heir, but he’s also half-Chinese and prophecy has identified him as […]

Fearless

Author: Francine Pascal Publication: Pocket Books, 1999 Pages: 224 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action:  Age Category:  13+ Brief Summary: Gaia Moore was born without a gene for fear.  She simply doesn’t know what it means to be afraid.  When she […]