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What if ninjas were really vampires? This is the premise of Nick Lake's Blood Ninja. When Taro's father is murdered, Taro is rescued by a ninja who turns him into a vampire in order to save his life. Suddenly all of Taro's beliefs and assumptions are called into question as he starts his new life and dons his new identity. Recommended for readers in grades eight and up, Blood Ninja is a cleverly plotted and well-crafted historical novel that is bound to keep you enthralled till the very end.
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Publisher Comments:

Is Taro, a fisherman's son, destined for greatness?

In the course of a day, Taro's entire life changes: His father is murdered before his eyes, and Taro is taken by a mysterious ninja on a perilous journey toward safety. Someone wants Taro dead, but who — and why? With his best friend, Hiro, and their ninja guide Shusaku, Taro gets caught in the crossfire of a bitter conflict between rival lords for control of imperial Japan. As Taro trains to become a ninja himself, he's less and less sure that he wants to be one. But when his real identity is revealed, it becomes impossible for Taro to turn his back on his fate.

Review:

"British author Lake's promising U.S. debut takes three of the most overused ideas in fantasy — the boy with a destiny, vampires, and ninjas — and combines them into a highly effective adventure. Marked by destiny, Taro has no idea that he is anything but a simple peasant until ninjas murder his father, driving Taro and his mother from their home. Protected and mentored by the ninja Shusaku and accompanied by his best friend, Hiro, Taro must come to terms with the heritage that makes him invaluable to two lords vying for control of feudal Japan, the revelation that the murderous samurai are not the noble heroes he admired, and his unexpected transformation into a kyuuketsuki (a vampire). While the ending sets up an inevitable sequel, the riveting, often gruesome, action and rich, comprehensible mythology should have readers racing through the chapters. Terry Pratchett wrote that clichs are 'the spanners and the screwdrivers in the toolbox of language,' and Lake uses the story's familiar elements skillfully, combining them into an imaginative and original whole. And, really, with vampire ninjas, how can you lose? Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In a secret underworld, ninjas and vampires are one and the same.

Synopsis:

Is Taro, a fisherman's son, destined for greatness?In the course of a day, Taro's entire life changes: His father is murdered before his eyes, and Taro is taken by a mysterious ninja on a perilous journey toward safety. Someone wants Taro dead, but who — and why? With his best friend, Hiro, and their ninja guide Shusaku, Taro gets caught in the crossfire of a bitter conflict between rival lords for control of imperial Japan. As Taro trains to become a ninja himself, he's less and less sure that he wants to be one. But when his real identity is revealed, it becomes impossible for Taro to turn his back on his fate.

About the Author

Nick Lake is a children's book editor at Harper UK. He has researched extensively on ninjas and feudal Japanese society, and he is also the author of The Secret Ministry of Frost.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416986270
Author:
Lake, Nick
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Author:
X, Sensei
Subject:
Sports & Recreation - Martial Arts
Subject:
People & Places - Asia
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Martial arts
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Vampires
Subject:
Children s-Sports Fiction-Martial Arts
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20091231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2-color jacket + dimensional uv
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 384 pages Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - English 9781416986270 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

What if ninjas were really vampires? This is the premise of Nick Lake's Blood Ninja. When Taro's father is murdered, Taro is rescued by a ninja who turns him into a vampire in order to save his life. Suddenly all of Taro's beliefs and assumptions are called into question as he starts his new life and dons his new identity. Recommended for readers in grades eight and up, Blood Ninja is a cleverly plotted and well-crafted historical novel that is bound to keep you enthralled till the very end.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "British author Lake's promising U.S. debut takes three of the most overused ideas in fantasy — the boy with a destiny, vampires, and ninjas — and combines them into a highly effective adventure. Marked by destiny, Taro has no idea that he is anything but a simple peasant until ninjas murder his father, driving Taro and his mother from their home. Protected and mentored by the ninja Shusaku and accompanied by his best friend, Hiro, Taro must come to terms with the heritage that makes him invaluable to two lords vying for control of feudal Japan, the revelation that the murderous samurai are not the noble heroes he admired, and his unexpected transformation into a kyuuketsuki (a vampire). While the ending sets up an inevitable sequel, the riveting, often gruesome, action and rich, comprehensible mythology should have readers racing through the chapters. Terry Pratchett wrote that clichs are 'the spanners and the screwdrivers in the toolbox of language,' and Lake uses the story's familiar elements skillfully, combining them into an imaginative and original whole. And, really, with vampire ninjas, how can you lose? Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In a secret underworld, ninjas and vampires are one and the same.
"Synopsis" by , Is Taro, a fisherman's son, destined for greatness?In the course of a day, Taro's entire life changes: His father is murdered before his eyes, and Taro is taken by a mysterious ninja on a perilous journey toward safety. Someone wants Taro dead, but who — and why? With his best friend, Hiro, and their ninja guide Shusaku, Taro gets caught in the crossfire of a bitter conflict between rival lords for control of imperial Japan. As Taro trains to become a ninja himself, he's less and less sure that he wants to be one. But when his real identity is revealed, it becomes impossible for Taro to turn his back on his fate.
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