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The Ninja Librarian #2

Return to Skunk Corners

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Things have been changing in Skunk Corners, and Big Al isn’t sure she likes it. Unless it means a hot bath. Twenty-one new stories bring you closer than ever to Skunk Corners with its humor, love of books, and Ninja wisdom (sometimes accompanied by a kick where it will do the most good). This second book in the Ninja Librarian series shows the continuing struggles as the town becomes a community and as Al finds new ways to accept responsibilities she never thought she wanted.

198 pages, Paperback

First published August 13, 2013

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Rebecca M. Douglass

27 books179 followers
Rebecca M. Douglass has lived in Idaho, Arizona, California, and Washington, and now lives and writes in the Seattle area. Her imagination resides where it pleases, in and out of this world. Her passions include backpacking, hiking, books, and moderately adventurous travel, especially when shared with good friends and family. Douglass is the author of the delightful Ninja Librarian books for children, and the Pismawallops PTA cozy mysteries for adults, and the new Seffi Wardwell Mystery series. After more than seventeen years working at the her local library and volunteering her time in the schools, she has retired to concentrate on writing and travel.

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September 24, 2013
Skunk Corners has been having some changes and "Big Al", Alice, doesn't know if she likes them much.
Big Al is the school teacher in this small town. And the reason it's called Skunk Corners is obvious-visitors to the town sometimes include the skunks. Phew!

Alice takes Ninja lessons from the Ninja librarian, Tom. Tom runs the library in the small town and does readings for the children of the town.

Al's and Tom's assorted children range in various ages, from 6 yrs. old to about 18 yrs. old. It's quite a culmination of characters too. Trying to keep them in school is a challenge as a lot of the parents think that girls don't need to know much as they just get married and have their out kids. But some of the girls don't think that way and wish to have and education.

One day a terrible rain/wind storm came upon Skunk Corners. Glass was broken out of the windows in the school and there was hail that came through the windows as well as the rain. The children and Al huddled together away from harm's way until the storm passed. Upon looking outside, everyone saw there was much damage to the town. Trees down upon houses and some of the businesses in the town. Al and the children got everyone to pitch in together to help out each other and repair what could be done. How will the town manage to pull everything back together? Will some of the people move or businesses close?

More adventures occur in the town of Skunk Corners. You will have to read this book to find out all the problems and happy times the town incurs.

I won this book through the Goodreads Giveaway and I was glad I did. It was an enjoyable read.
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Author 10 books2 followers
January 10, 2014
This is the next year the Ninja Librarian spends in Skunk Corners and again is narrated by the hilarious and interesting first person narrator "Big Al". I've been reading the complete series aloud to my 9 yr old daughter who's really enjoying the collection of short stories that segue into each other. She likes that the school children figure prominently in the action and she likes to wonder about Ninja Tom and the mystery surrounding him. I like how Big Al has a big heart and truly cares for the folk of Skunk Corners. Her sense of humor about the dusty, hot Sierra foothills town adds to the fun in reading the stories.
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44 reviews6 followers
August 5, 2016
*I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway*

I was so excited to win a copy of 'Return to Skunk Corners' as I absolutely loved 'The Ninja Librarian.' It did not disappoint. The story picks up after the Ninja Librarian has left Skunk Corners. Big Al and the rest of the town are trying to learn to cope on their own without him when he returns as mysteriously as he first arrived. Angry skunks, town disasters, life lessons and clues to the Ninja Librarian's training will keep you eagerly reading 'just one more story' until sadly you reach the end of the book. More please!
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Author 30 books327 followers
September 29, 2013
Return to Skunk Corners is like curling up in front of a log fire with a cup of cocoa. It's a beautiful story extending our knowledge of Big Al and the Ninja Librarian, focusing on life in the settlement known to one and all, including the skunks, as Skunk Corners.

As before, this is narrated by Big Al, the schoolteacher, who has a lovely languid style, occasionally shooting off into local idioms when things get tough or the kids need clear instructions! Although she doesn't realise it, Big Al is the great mover and shaker for the town, and things are rarely dull there. This book sees threats from snowstorms, forest fires, and mean interlopers from neighbouring settlements. Fortunately, with her special lessons from the Ninja Librarian, and the wisdom to trust other people in the town whatever their age, Al comes through it all with flying colours. Not that she'd take any credit for it, since the way she sees it, it's the other people that have done everything.

It's a delightful study of a small town coming to terms with itself. The writing is delicious, and you just don't want to stop once you've started. I love the characters, who come alive on the page effortlessly - so it seems. I also love the increasing involvement of the skunks!

Return to Skunk Corners is a great story and worthy successor to the Ninja Librarian. It's an evocative adventure from shimmering rainbow to stinging icestorm, with added hot water for our heroes at last!
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June 25, 2016
Another fun read about life in Skunk Corners with the Ninja Librarian. I enjoy seeing how the town is starting to come together and things are a'changin'. The last story was by far my favorite.
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