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The Ninja Librarian

(The Ninja Librarian #1)

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Skunk Corners is a pretty miserable place when the Ninja Librarian moves in. It's just a dusty, tough town in the dusty, tough hills. Folks there aren't too friendly, and they don't see much need for high-falutin' nonsense like schools--or libraries. But from the moment the unassuming, white-haired gentleman steps off the train and into these tall tales, the changes begin. ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 152 pages
Published June 23rd 2013 by CreateSpace (first published February 12th 2012)
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PepperP0t
A cute mind mint.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This was a refreshing, fun, breezy read that is very much serialized. There are short, short stories strung together as chapters and they are so vividly written it is as if you’re actually watching it. It was a change of pace from my normal fare and served to entertain while giving me a much needed break. It is a page turner but not in a gasp, OMG, I don’t believe they did that short of way – but in a “I love this break I’
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Mike
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The Ninja Librarian is a collection of stories told to us by Skunk Corners' unlikely school teacher, Big Al, who watches with fascination as an older gentleman comes to town one day. The stranger means to reopen the town library, which no one in town thinks they have a use for. But a funny thing happens when they try to scare him off: he calmly reaches into his pocket for something that isn't a black handkerchief after all...

Completely absurd in premise but wonderfully realized, these stories fo
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Nikki Bennett
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading this book. With a title like "Ninja Librarian," I had no idea what to expect (except that the librarian would be a ninja, I guessed-and I was right). This book was funny, charming, and clever. A perfect blend of description and dialogue.

The Ninja Librarian is sort of a series of short stories, but each story builds on the previous one. Over the course of the chapters, the characters develop and grow, both in their respect for the Ninja Librarian and i
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Kel (Faerie-bookworm)
This was such a cute and funny book. The Ninja Librarian, Tom, comes to Skunk Corners to be the new librarian. The town at first doesn't really want him and makes bets on how long he will stay since everyone tries to make him feel unwelcome. Tom isn't put off by their brash ways and ends up teaching the town quite a few different thing.
Cynthia Parkhill
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am part of a book club on Goodreads, called Great Middle Grade Reads. The Ninja Librarian is its selection for April 2018. I've a special fondness for fiction with a librarian as the main character, and thus was fully prepared to enjoy this!

This book is an entertaining collection of short stories centering around the title character, a deceptively mild-appearing librarian who arrives in the frontier town of Skunk Corners. The town's rougher element had managed to run off every one of Tom's pre
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Catherine
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Ninja Librarian by Rebecca Douglass is a story told in the perspective of Big Al, the local school teacher of Skunk Corners. They have had a lot of trouble with librarians, many not lasting long because of the conditions within the small town. With the new librarian, Tom, there's bound to be trouble. Not necessarily because of the librarian, but because there's been bets going on about how long he'll last. Join Big Al and The Ninja Librarian to see what happens!

I got it for free from Smashwo
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D.M. Dutcher
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun little collection of stories about a Ninja Librarian bringing order to a lawless little town in the West.

Skunk Corners is a lawless little backwater where people don't like book-larnin' much. One of their hobbies is to torment the town's librarian in the hopes of driving them off. They are about to get a new one, and the ladies have prepared their laxative-filled casseroles, and the men are cracking their knuckles in anticipation.

They get a dapper, older man named Tom. Tom has a secret. He
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Maggie
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is composed of vignettes concerning the town of Skunk Corners and a librarian who comes to town and does so much more than run the small library. The stories are told by Alice ("Big Al") who is about 18 at the time the Ninja Librarian (or Ninja Tom) enters the lives of the townspeople. Although the reader isn't told where Skunk Corners is supposed to be, I placed it in Colorado, which felt to me to be about right for the kind of weather and the western flavor of the town. My guess was ...more
Hriday
The book starts off with an unusual premise - an old librarian who is an expert in martial arts! The interest levels and novelty are sustained for the first 50 pages after which monotony sets in.

The story line is a little reminiscent of 'To Sir, with love'. A good, fast read overall.
Crystal Smith-Connelly
The Ninja Librarian is very entertaining and great for all ages! I work at a library, so I knew I would like it, but it seems like a book that anyone can enjoy! I highly recommend this book...and after reading it, I wish my library had a ninja librarian!
Heather
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this. A giggle a minute! Can't wait to read the next one!
Cindy Wise
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked Al's character quite a bit. She grew on me. I also liked Tom the Ninja Librarian. The whole book reminded me of the old TV show Kung Fu. Not sure if others remember it, but this Kung Fu master lived this sort of nomadic life. He went from town to town saving the day and teaching people how to be better and smarter than they were before. It was a show I really liked. Thanks, Rebecca.
Dixie Goode
Rebecca M. Douglass has written a book that is both familiar and unique. When the Ninja Librarian first comes to Skunk Corners he is stepping into a community where the school teacher has to pretend her tea is whiskey and hide her visits to the library in order to fit in with a town of illiterate, library hating, tough rascally characters. The library he takes on has a shortage of books and a spitoon that gets used and deliberately missed, and people betting they can run him out of town. This un ...more
Dixie Goode
Rebecca M. Douglass has written a book that is both familiar and unique. When the Ninja Librarian first comes to Skunk Corners he is stepping into a community where the school teacher has to pretend her tea is whiskey and hide her visits to the library in order to fit in with a town of illiterate, library hating, tough rascally characters. The library he takes on has a shortage of books and a spitoon that gets used and deliberately missed, and people betting they can run him out of town. This un ...more
Lisa Frieden
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-lit
I really enjoyed reading the Ninja Librarian - a delightful romp through an imaginary town, set in the early 20th century foothills of the California Sierra foothills. Rather than a novel, this is more a collection of tales about a mysterious "Ninja Librarian" who comes to a dusty western town "Skunk Corners" filled with ne'er do well anti-readers. The tales are told by "Big Al" who develops a friendship with the librarian and who narrates all the funny episodes where the librarian has to stand ...more
Kellie
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2016, made-me-lol
I discovered this book by accident when searching for a different book by the same name. I'm glad I started using a Kindle so I could give this book a try. I was pleasantly surprised by this little gem. The book is separated into individually named chapters, but each is more like a separate story about the Ninja Librarian and the town. I found myself laughing out loud more than once and I'm glad there is a second book about Skunk Corners. My only real gripes about the book was that there wasn't ...more
Jessica sil
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Very original! A bit more editing needed, though.
Jemima Pett
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg, funny
Review follows on April 13th as part of the Ap[ril A to Z Challenge.
Beth Yeary
Aug 30, 2013 marked it as to-read
Thanks to Goodreads, I've read this book, and would love to find more of this series. Each chapter stands alone as a story, but fit together rather nicelyl
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Rebecca Douglass grew up in Idaho, Arizona, and Washington states, and now lives near San Francisco. Her passions include backpacking, hiking, books, and running and biking. She works at the library, volunteers in the schools, and is hard at work on her next book.

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