Little Sister by Kara Dalkey

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When Mitsuko’s village is attacked by outlaws and her beloved sister’s husband is murdered, she alone finds the courage to venture into the netherworld to find her sister’s wandering spirit. With the aid of a shape-shifter and other magical creatures from Japanese myths, Mitsuko journeys across a landscape transformed by legend and by her own growing sense of power to become an unwitting hero. “A readable, engagingly semiserious adventure.”-Kirkus Reviews
 

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Kara Dalkey is the author of several fantasy books, incl Kara Dalkey is the author of several fantasy books, incl Kara Dalkey is the author of several fantasy books, including "Little Sister, The Nightingale, " and "Blood of the Guding "Little Sister, The Nightingale, " and "Blood of the Guding "Little Sister, The Nightingale, " and "Blood of the Goddess" series. She lives in Gunnison, CO. oddess" series. She lives in Gunnison, CO. oddess" series. She lives in Gunnison, CO.
 
Published September 20, 1996 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 208 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When part of her family is set upon, first by warrior monks who leave her new brother-in-law Yugiri dead and his wife (her sister Amaiko) dazed and numb, then by an ambitious local lord with marriageable sons, Mitsuko finds the courage to flee into the forest--and to accept the company of Goranu,...

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Dalkey (Nightingale) dusts off some time-worn devices to concoct an ambitious and action-packed historical fantasy/adventure that borrows elements from Shinto beliefs, Buddhism, haiku poetry and the records of a 12th-century Japanese noble clan.

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""A solid, suspenseful mix of history and mythology,"" said PW of this supernatural adventure set in 12th-century Japan, in which 13-year-old Mitsuko unwittingly accepts the help of a shape-shifting demon to search for her older sister.

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