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 […]

Blood Ninja

Author: Nick Lake Publication: Simon and Schuster, 2009 Pages:  400 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary:  Taro lives in a small fishing village on the coast of 16th century Japan.  He’s always felt like something of […]

Young Samuari: The Way of the Warrior

Author: Chris Bradford Publication: Hyperion Books, 2009 Pages: 368 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 9-12 Brief Summary: Jack Fletcher is traveling with his father, a pilot (navigator) on a British merchant ship, in the early 1600’s.  A typhoon […]