Risuko by David Kudler

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The characters are nicely varied and all the pieces fit into place deftly, such as how Risuko’s dance movements and kitchen skills can be used in fighting. A tight, exciting, and thoughtful first volume in what promises to be a fine series about a female ninja.
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Samurai, assassins, warlords -- and a girl who likes to climbTight, exciting, and thoughtful... The characters are nicely varied and all the pieces fit into place deftly. -- Kirkus Reviews

Kano Murasaki, you may not realize it, but I have done you a great favor. I have it in my power to give you a gift that you don’t even realize you desire. Make yourself worth my trouble, and you will be glad of it. Disappoint me, and you will be very, very sorry.

Though Japan has been devastated by a century of civil war, Risuko just wants to climb trees. Growing up far from the battlefields and court intrigues, the fatherless girl finds herself pulled into a plot that may reunite Japan -- or may destroy it. She is torn from her home and what is left of her family, but finds new friends at a school that may not be what it seems.

Magical but historical, Risuko follows her along the first dangerous steps to discovering who she truly is.

The first volume of the Seasons of the Sword series!Can one girl win a war?

Kano Murasaki, called Risuko (Squirrel) is a young, fatherless girl, more comfortable climbing trees than down on the ground. Yet she finds herself enmeshed in a game where the board is the whole nation of Japan, where the pieces are armies, moved by scheming lords, and a single girl couldn't possible have the power to change the outcome.

Or could she?

Historical adventure fiction appropriate for young adult and middle-grade readersNOW AVAILABLE
 

About David Kudler

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David Kudler is a writer and editor living just north of the Golden Gate Bridge with his wife Maura Vaughn and their daughters. And their cat. And many guppies.He serves as the publisher of Stillpoint Digital Press. Since 1999, he has overseen the publications program for the Joseph Campbell Foundation. He has edited three posthumous volumes of Campbell's unpublished writing and lectures and overseen editions of nine additional print titles, the most recent being the third edition of the seminal Hero with a Thousand Faces. In addition, he has shepherded the creation of nearly twenty hours of video and over thirty hours of audio recordings. Of late, much of his focus has been creating new ebook editions of Campbell's classic titles.His novel Risuko is a young adult historical adventure novel (whew! lots of qualifications on that!) set in Japan during the Civil War era. He's a passionate reader of mysteries, fantasy and whatever else he can get his hands on. He is a story addict.
 
Published June 15, 2016 by Stillpoint/Atalanta. 230 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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The characters are nicely varied and all the pieces fit into place deftly, such as how Risuko’s dance movements and kitchen skills can be used in fighting. A tight, exciting, and thoughtful first volume in what promises to be a fine series about a female ninja.

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