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Sword in the Stacks

(The Ninja Librarians #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Now official apprentices of the Lybrariad, Dorris and Marcus have joined Ebba in the immense time-folding labyrinth known as Petrarch's Library for the Summer Quarter.

Dorrie is eager to do well at her practicums, and prove her worth as an apprentice, but before she can choose between "Spears, Axes, and Cats: Throwing Objects with Precision and Flair” and "First
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Published June 7th 2016 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (first published April 7th 2015)
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Wayne McCoy
Apr 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
'Sword in the Stacks' is the second book in the Ninja Librarians series by Jen Swann Downey. It's a series about kids on adventures in a series of libraries that can take people into the past.

Dorrie and Marcus are home safe from their last adventure when they get some strange visitors and an interesting invitation. They are invited to go to Petrarch's Library for the Summer Quarter. Their parents seem a bit oblivious to any danger that the library might hold or even leaving their kids in the ha
Dorrie and Marcus are delighted to be back in Petrarch's Library, as welcome apprentices this time. But things aren't going as well for the Lyrariad as they would have hoped, and Dorrie feels partially responsible, since she and Marcus lost the page from the History of Histories that may lead the Foundation to change the past in seriously dangerous ways. But in-between worrying about the Foundation's activities, Dorrie and her friends focus on learning from their classes. Dorrie and her friends ...more
Amanda Thompson
Thanks, NetGalley! They provided me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I'm very happy to say I was NOT disappointed in this sequel.

Let me explain. I've been obsessing over the first book in this series for almost two years, and when a reader obsesses like that -thinking back on all the great moments, good story, an
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Overall, this is a cute book for middle grade readers (grades 5 thru 8). There is a great sense of adventure and mystery plus a good deal of humor which will appeal to many young readers. Any history buff or library lover will get a kick out of the premise.
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and that has not altered my opinion in anyway.

I am surprised to say that this book was excellent as far as sequels go. I’m not usually one for sequels, usually I don’t go for them much at all, but this one was so well done and a quick read…once I had sit down time. This book starts off not long after the last one ended. This time it starts with the Lybrarians visiting Dorrie and Marcus at their house to inform them that they
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
What not to like? Adventure, time travel, librarians with swords fighting off nasty Foundation baddies. Unfortunately, I started this and then it ended up being buried in my reading pile. I am very glad that I excavated this from the pile and finished this fast moving adventure that flashes from New Jersey to Petrarch's library to Victorian England and spends time in early Athens and Timbuktu. Dorrie and Marcus along with other apprentice Lybrarians in frustrating Mr. Biggs by discovering what W ...more
Teresa Bateman
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this, the second in "The Ninja Librarians" series, 12-year-old Dorrie and her brother are now apprentice librarians. These are not your book-shelfing type of librarians, however. they travel through time, through library portals, to protect freedom of speech. Classes can be interesting, and assignments challenging, especially when you have to protect speech you disagree with. Dorrie, however, has bigger fish to fry. Due to a mistake she made the past may be changed and someone at Petrarch's l ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Ninja Librarians are back! (Or Librarians with a y if you prefer)

I still both like and dislike Dorrie. She's impulsive and at times, selfish, but to me, that lends authenticity to her age in the books. Marcus is just as charming as ever and as ridiculous. Ebba, Millie, and the whole gang are back as well and it's delightful to see them all.

Our heroes face some large tests in this volume, but they rise to the challenge even if at first they don't succeed.

I look forwar
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved the premise of this book, but I just couldn't connect with it. Maybe it was the writing I didn't especially like.
Andretta Schellinger
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a super interesting look at librarians and the underworld of super heroes. Well if you think that librarians can be super heroes, which I personally do. It is intended for I would say middle school age kids, but I still enjoyed it. There is some information in it that wouldn't be relatable for middle schoolers but for adults it would make more sense.
Jennifer Monsen
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A delightful series, with time travel, sword fights, and lots of books.
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In SWORD IN THE STACKS, Dorrie and Marcus are back at Petrarch’s Library , this time as official apprentices with mom and dad’s approval. And between choosing among all those interesting courses and old mistakes catching up with them, excitement isn’t in short supply. On top of that, Dorrie and her best friend Ebba are sent on their first mission to protect free speech - only it's not the mission they expected.

This is the sequel to THE ACCIDENTAL KEYHAND.
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ya-kid-lit
Those who have visited my library know that I am a fan of this series, I even have the "Is Your Librarian a Secret Ninja?" poster on display in the fiction section. For those who haven't encountered this series before, let's just point out that the title says it all. Ninja. Librarians.

This time around, Dorrie and Marcus return to Petrarch's Library to continue their training as apprentice Lybrarians. There is a little difficulty actually reaching the portal (something about being banned from th
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Slow starting but draws you in the the Lybrarians world again. The author resolves some of the issues from the first book and provides more character development. Looking forward to the next book.
Allison Campbell
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it

Lilah (age 9) and I read this sequel to THE ACCIDENTAL KEYHAND out loud. For me, it took a while to get moving, but it held Lilah’s interest from the start. Here’s what happens when you buck middle-grade fantasy tradition, which prefers dead, absent, or oblivious parents: the observant and involved parents have to be convinced to allow the heroes to pursue their fantastical adventures. This takes the first two chapters, which dragged a bit for me but sums up the backstory and first book
Sharon Tyler
Aug 11, 2016 rated it liked it
The Ninja Librarians: Sword in the Stacks by Jen Swann Downey is the second book in the series. Now official apprentices of the Lybrariad, Dorris and Marcus have joined Ebba in the immense time-folding labyrinth known as Petrarch's Library for the Summer Quarter. Dorrie is eager to do well at her practicums, and prove her worth as an apprentice, but before she can choose between "Spears, Axes, and Cats: Throwing Objects with Precision and Flair” and "First and Last Aid: When No One Else Is Comin ...more
May 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kid between 8 and 12 who enjoy books involving derring-do, adventure, and that "chosen one" vibe.
This book was provided to me as a digital review copy by the publisher via Edelweiss.

This is the second book in the Ninja Librarians series. The basic premise of the series is that there is a great central library (Petrach's Library) which is located outside the normal flow of time. Operative of the Library, known as Lybrarians, travel through portals in time to different cities around the world, on missions to protect all forms of the written word. Their nemesis is an organization k
Jul 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Dorrie and Marcus are back at Petrarch's Library as official apprentices. Petrarch's Library is a collection of all the endangered libraries throughout history. The lybrarians work to save those endanger and to make sure history takes the right path. They are working against the evil Foundation who wants to control the written word and the world throughout time. After the events of the last book, the Foundation operative Mr. Briggs is in Library custody unwilling to reveal the Foundation's plans ...more
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've really enjoyed this series so far. Here we find Dorrie and Marcus back in Petrach's Library to start their training to become Lybrarians - getting to chose from such awesome classes as “Swords, Daggers, and Coffee Can Tops: A General Survey of Sharp Edges and Their Uses” and “Codes, Invisible Inks, and Smoke Signals: Keeping Communication Maddeningly Secret”. The Big Bad Guy from book one returns, still hell-bent on giving power to the evil Foundation. Naturally, while Dorrie, Ebba and Marc ...more
Jessica Higgins
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
The follow up to the first Ninja Librarian is funny, fast, and highly entertaining.

Dorrie and her brother Marcus are back and finally joining Petrarch’s Library as apprentices. Now they have to train to one day be able to go on missions to rescue people whose words have gotten them into trouble. They have classes and training with the other apprentices. Before long, Dorrie finds herself close to a member of the Stronghold, the Library’s biggest enemy. She tries to spy and find out wh
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dorrie has been accepted to the secret society of Ninja Librarians and she is over the moon. In the midst of learning about cataloguing books, she is getting to time travel to save the world and hang out with some pretty cool people. It is all good until a trip to 1912 goes sideways and she is dangerously close to the enemy, Will Dorrie have what it takes?

This is a great book. Lots of stellar adventure and fun humor. I loved Dorrie with her can do attitude, a perfect character for both girls an
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
This is the second book in the Ninja Librarians series. It is a middle grade reader book. I enjoyed the story and I like how the author is developing the characters.
Marcus and Dorrie get the opportunity to become apprentices in Petrarch's Library. Along with the other apprentices, they take practicums to learn skills to become librarians. The Foundation is trying to rise again. Mr. Biggs is in librarian custody but manages to get away and causes lots of trouble.
Dorrie is determined t
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great adventure tale for middle years readers, magic and excitement abound. I loved the idea of closed libraries still existing as ghost libraries attached to the main library, although sadly here in the UK there would be far too many added every month. I would happily buy this for young relatives, indeed I think I will have to purchase the series for my daughter's stepson - after all it's about time he realised that librarians are heroes!
Camille Thompson
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Another action-packed romp through the world of Petrarch's Library. This hits the sweet spot of school stories (hilarious happenings in the apprentices' dorms), high adventure (sword play on a sailboat), and historical interest (my favorite sub-plot involves Aristotle and a baby seal). Dorrie and company complete their quest by the end, but many lybrarian missions continue, leaving room for a third installment.
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, fantasy
Super fun sequel to The Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand! I want to be a lybrarian with a "Y"! Great time travel adventure. I recommend reading the series in order. For grades 4 and up.

eARC provided by Edelweiss
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this middle grade book from a Goodreads giveaway. I had almost forgotten how much fun it is to read a book about a mysterious library, time travel a d two kids ready to do battle for the right to read. I highly recommend this series.
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this, and it had some great quotes. Maybe I missed out reading the second book without reading the first one, because in the half I read, it seemed to be all talk, and mostly about what already happened. I wanted new action.
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an exciting adventure!! The characters are so fun and interesting. Love the story
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Just as good as the first book in the series!
T.J. Burns
I received a copy of this book from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Jen Swann Downey's non-fiction pieces have appeared in New York Magazine, the Washington Post, Women's Day, and other publications. She is the author of the middle-grade novels, THE NINJA LIBRARIANS: THE ACCIDENTAL KEYHAND (Sourcebooks 2014) and THE NINJA LIBRARIANS: SWORD IN THE STACKS (Sourcebooks 2016).

So far in life, Jen has learned how to fail at growing broccoli, dismount a horse by slidin

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