Ninja Librarians

Ninja Librarians : The Accidental Keyhand

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Just a little story about your average sword-swinging, karate-chopping, crime-fighting ninja librarians. "[Downey] shows a rare gift for crafting scrambles so madcap that it's hard to turn the pages fast enough to keep up." -Kirkus Starred Review

An Overdue Library Book Can Change Your Life. (So Can a Pet Mongoose.)

When Dorrie and her brother Marcus chase Moe-an unusually foul-tempered mongoose-into the janitor's closet of their local library, they make an astonishing discovery: the headquarters of a secret society of ninja librarians.

Their mission: protect those whose words get them into trouble, anywhere in the world and at any time in history.

Petrarch's Library is an amazing, jumbled, time-traveling secret base that can dock anywhere there's trouble, like the Spanish Inquisition, or ancient Greece, or...Passaic, New Jersey. Dorrie would love nothing more than to join the society, fighting injustice with a real sword! But when a traitor surfaces, she and Marcus are prime suspects. Can they clear their names before the only passage back to the twenty-first century closes forever?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 38.1mm | 454g
  • Sphinx Publishing
  • Florida, United States
  • English
  • 1402287704
  • 9781402287701
  • 1,450,994

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"The book's voice and diverse characters will appeal to many Middle Grade readers hungry for stories about the interaction of kids from different times and places. Teachers will find the novel a useful springboard for discussions about freedom of speech. Plus, the historical characters provide useful cross-curricular opportunities...But I think librarians and those who love libraries will appreciate THE NINJA LIBRARIANS most of all." - Nerdy Book Club
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630 ratings
3.62 out of 5 stars
5 22% (138)
4 35% (223)
3 29% (184)
2 10% (66)
1 3% (19)

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I've read a lot of fantastic MG in the past year and a half, so I was ridiculously excited to get the opportunity to read Jennifer Downey's debut novel The Ninja Librarians. It's a smart, inventive adventure that I guarantee will be on everyone's must-read list! Thanks to an accidental mongoose chase, Dorrie and Marcus Barnes accidentally stumble into Petrach's Library, which is managed by a group of ninja librarians who have one very important message: protecting those in history who have gotten in trouble through the power of their words. Downey does a fantastic job of skillfully balancing the adventurous elements of her debut novel (sword fights! ninja librarians!) with an ongoing mystery, while also making sure to include a very thoughtful message about how the power of words have changed and dictated history, and how people have taken the risk to use those words, simply because it's the right thing to do. With smart, snappy writing, characters who feel so real, they feel like they can step off the page, and an expertly and tightly plotted story, Downey proves that she's definitely a writer to watch. This is a book that is perfect for not only the most avid MG readers, but also for reluctant readers. It's smart, funny and has the same type of magical/universal readership quality that attracters readers to Rick Riordan's books. I know I'm definitely getting this book for the reluctant readers in my life, and am confident they'll love it too! Final verdict: Not only was The Ninja Librarians an incredibly fun book, it also had an important message interwoven through the story. Downey never fails to remind readers, both young and old, of the importance of standing up for your convictions, and the obstacles that have been faced by some of history's greatest thinkers. It's a pretty heady lesson for younger readers, but I think they'll absorb it beautifully, especially with Downey's wonderful writing to lead the way. Also, this book made me want to thank all of the fantastic librarians and thinkers who've influenced me throughout my life: thank you for making me think and stand up like the characters in this book. Buy this book. You'll love it, and you'll want to give it to all of the readers in your more
by Jessamyn Y Huang
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