Bound To Stay Bound

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 Black Lotus : shadow of the ninja
 Author: Fanning, Kieran

 Publisher:  Scholastic (2016)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 291 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 321599 ISBN: 9780545940283
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Ninja -- Fiction
 Samurai -- Fiction
 Time travel -- Fiction
 Swords -- Fiction
 Japan -- History -- 16th century -- Fiction

Price: $21.38

Ghost can become invisible, Cormac can run up walls, and Kate can talk to animals--all talents that make them perfect recruits for the Black Lotus, a training school for the ninjas who are sworn to protect the world from the evil Samurai-run Empire and its plot to find the Moon Sword, a dangerous, powerful weapon in sixteenth-century Japan.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.20
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 185101

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (06/15/16)
   School Library Journal (08/01/16)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 08/01/2016 Gr 3–6—When three street kids from very different countries notice a strange man following them, they know nothing good can come from it. However, what happens next changes their lives in a remarkable manner. Will Kate, Cormac, and Ghost use their special talents to fight for the benefit of their world? Or will fear compel them to live under the stifling empire created by President Goda in his quest for ultimate power? Fanning creates an interesting tale of superpowers, magic swords, and talking animals woven with Japanese vocabulary. Die-hard action adventure fans will enjoy the narrative as seemingly unlikely heroes find themselves fighting to become ninjas and save the world. Though the work is not explicit, some guardians may shy away from such open discussion of the perils of a war-torn civilization. Remarkably unbelievable but entertaining nonetheless, this will captivate adventure-hungry readers. VERDICT Purchase for large collections where fans have exhausted their avenues for action-filled fantasy books like "Beastwars."—DeHanza Kwong, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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