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by Sandy Fussell

This is first in an exciting new series about martial arts in feudal Japan.Can a one-legged boy train to become a great Samurai warrior? Niya Moto is the only one-legged Samurai kid in Japan, famous for falling flat on his face in the dirt. None of the Samurai schools will teach crippled Niya, until an offer arrives from the legendary Samurai warrior Ki-Yaga, sensei of the Cockroach Ryu and together with the other Cockroaches, Niya must defeat the fierce Dragons Ryu at the Samurai Trainee Games.
Download Samurai Kids: White Crane epub
ISBN: 1406317500
ISBN13: 978-1406317503
Category: Children
Author: Sandy Fussell
Language: English
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (January 5, 2009)
Pages: 256 pages
ePUB size: 1959 kb
FB2 size: 1469 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 498
Other Formats: lrf azw lit doc

I picked up this book by accident. A friend had recommended another samurai series, but I couldn't remember the name. It was not the intended book, but I found a treasure!

I read it aloud to my 7 yo son, and we were both enthralled. As previous reviewers have said, there is plenty of humor, action, and adventure---just perfect for a young boy!

What I've not read in previous reviews is just how beautifully written these books are! It's absolutely lovely, almost poetic.

And the themes are marvelous: teamwork, overcoming adversity, integrity, honor, courage. I think my favorite line in this book is the one in which Niya questions why another child will be invited to be in the Cockroach school the next year when he is able-bodied. Sensei responded so wonderfully. Something to the effect of---Silly boy, I didn't choose you for what you were missing. I choose my students by what they have inside them---great stuff. And such a marvelous message for everyone.

Needless to say, we will read them all!
"There just aren't enough books about Samurai."

This was the lament I heard from my son last month. I wasn't aware of this lack, but once I started looking I realized he was right, there aren't many Samurai/Ninja books for middle grade readers.

I found this one just by combining samurai/children books, but was wary of buying it, my son is notoriously picky about books, so I made him read the excerpt. A few minutes later I heard him yell, I rushed back into the room and he said, "I must have this book, I have to find out what happens next!"

Well, he really enjoyed the story, especially the ending. It also inspired him to look up things online; kitana, dojo, sensei and rice pudding (weird, but he really likes pudding). He said the competition reminded him a little of Toph's school of metalbending (from Avatar the Last Airbender).

All in all a fun and fast book that I highly recommend for kids, I took a look at the book and think the reading level is for 10-12 year olds.
My 9 year old only read about half of the book. He said is was boring (now this is a kid who love to read and reread books) but my son likes books more like diary of a wimpy kid books.
Great series.
I gave this to my almost 8-year old nephew for the holidays and he read it very quickly and reported
thoroughly enjoying it! I will find the next one in the series for his birthday.
Early Waffle
Anybody who wants to be a samurai or is just looking for a nice, fun tale of wisdom and courage must read the this book. Full of action and adventure White Crane is a great book for young readers!
My 5th grade son, who I usually have a hard time finding books for, loved it!
Niya is such an entertaining main character. I found some of the humor in this book to be a little juvenile, but it's perfect for kids in middle school and younger (4th or 5th grade). He is unafraid to poke fun at himself, however he also teases the kids at his Ryu and his teacher. I would have preferred less explanation of everything that the samurai did, I think readers can figure it out from the context, but I know there are readers who might be more impatient and don't want to have to look things up. One thing I didn't understand was the spirit animals (Niya's is the white crane). I couldn't figure out if the spirit animals were real or if the kids simply referred to their spirit animals to give them courage.

Just when you start to think the ending will be predictable, the author slices (with a samurai sword of course) your predictable thoughts and inserts a fun twist in the end. The artwork was very well done. Each chapter has a relatively simple illustration to start it off, along with one full picture in each chapter. What I found most interesting was how tasteful the drawings of the students were. There's no gore or anything, in some pictures you can see Niya's one leg or Mikko's one arm but for the most part the missing body part is artfully hidden. The pictures are in black and white which suits the book more and the illustrations added to the fun and vivid imagery of the story.

White Crane is an engaging story set in feudal Japan when the rules of the samurai are slowly changing to become more modern. There is a lot of struggle going on between teachers vs. students and students vs. students over what traditions should stay and what should go. I love that the author gave each of these students disabilities that were seemingly impossible to overcome. They have a long way to go, but they are slowly learning how to adapt to their missing limb/blindness/extra limbs. I loved reading about Niya and his friends, they were loyal to each other and true friends. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.