Real Ninja: Over 20 True Stories of Japan's Secret Assassins
Real Ninja: Over 20 True Stories of Japan's Secret Assassins

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Annotation: A collection of twenty true stories of the ninjas of Japan featuring full-color illustrations of battles and samurai warriors.
Genre: War
Catalog Number: #112098
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Enchanted Lion
Copyright Date: 2008
Edition Date: 2008
Illustrator: Field, James,
Pages: 48 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-592-70081-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-592-70081-3
Dewey: 355.5
LCCN: 2008028387
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Ninja warriors (literally "invisible men") were the "special forces" and undercover spies of historic Japan. Turnbull relates over twenty true stories (each one-to two-pages long) of these secret agents. Interspersed with the detail-lite accounts are more informative sections dealing with Ninja disguises, weapons and equipment, and lifestyle. Expansive (if stiff) color illustrations and understated black-and-white drawings enhance appeal. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
School Library Journal
Gr 46 The history of the ninja is a source of fascination for readers, typically due to the way they have been portrayed in popular culture, but also because they have long been shrouded in mystery. Even in historical documentation, it is difficult to tell fact from fiction. Turnbull presents all of his depictions as fact, even while many of the details are vague (particularly in the case of two assassinations, which may have instead been natural deaths or suicides). Short tales of ninja daring are accompanied by attractive illustrations that do not always match the text. For example, one story describes undercover operatives who spied on an enemy camp by disguising themselves, but the picture depicts them in typical gear. Turnbull's definition of ninja is stretched in many cases, as some of his tales are about samurai who use cunning techniques or thieves who may have started some of the legends. The stories initially appear to be ordered chronologically, but this is not true throughout. Overall, this is an excellent collection of ninja tales, but less useful as a factual resource due to the lack of documentation. Alana Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 48) and index.
Word Count: 5,690
Reading Level: 7.6
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 7.6 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 135119 / grade: Middle Grades
Guided Reading Level: K

A book where parents and kids can get the real story behind these masters of deception.

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