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White Crane by Sandy Fussell
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Sep 16, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: middlegrade, multicultural
Read on September 16, 2012

Short & Sweet: Niyo is a one-legged samurai kid who is training with Ki-Yaga of the Cockroach Ryu. All of Ki-Yaga's students are overcoming a form of disadvantage and they do not believe they can win the Samurai Trainee Games, but will compete all the same. These students may be missing a leg, an arm, or even eyesight, but they have an inner strength that may help them overcome the fierce Dragon Ryu. I was pleasantly surprised by this book, which had a lot of struggles within. Not only did these characters struggle, but the characters were so unique in personality and skill, they were unforgettable. The illustrations within the novel add an extra depth to the story's setting and characters. Not only was White Crane an entertaining read, but there was a lot to the characters and how they dealt with their weaknesses.

Final Verdict: White Crane is a great start to a new series that reads easily and has a complex plot with many different themes that readers will be able to connect to. I think this one has some great boy appeal as well, as samurai wield swords (what could be cooler than that?).
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