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Young samurai Jimmu puts his life on the line when he sets out to rescue his master’s daughter from a rival warlord. Jimmu cannot save Takeko alone, so when he meets a band of ninja warriors, he is tempted to enlist their help. But samurai live by their code of honour, while ninjas are notorious cold-blooded killers. Will Jimmu join forces with the deadly ninja, and learn to live, and die, their way? Silent, deadly and on a mission... A breathtaking adventure of heroism and identity, steeped in the mysteries of the fearsome Japanese ninja. Powerful sequel to "The way of the warrior".

Book information

Lexile Measure
Accelerated Reader level
5.3 MY
ISBN: 9781409506201
Extent: 208 pages
Dimensions: 198 x 130mm

Author information

Andrew Matthews

Andrew Matthews has been writing for fun since he was seven, but was a teacher for twenty-three years before becoming a full-time author. He has written over sixty books for children and teenagers, including Cat Song, which was nominated for the Smarties Book Prize in 1994, and the critically acclaimed Love Street. He is a hugely versatile writer, and has retold many myths, legends and classic stories, as well as creating his own original picture books and novels.Andrew lives in Reading with his wife and their cat.

Press reviews

“Matthews packs his brilliant book with the blood-curdling battles, exotic landscapes and the curious customs of the Land of the Rising Sun where ferocious warlords possessed the power of life and death. Shadow of the Ninja is a rollercoaster adventure with a twist in the tail; it is also a fascinating cultural history lesson and an exciting introduction to the customs and codes of the samurai warrior.”
“I loved this story and its adventurous characters and gripping battles. I must admit this is one of the best books I have ever read, because it is so funny, serious and unpredictable at the same time. Not only were the characters believable, the author also made the scenery sound very Chinese and realistic, transporting the reader back into the setting of 1575 China.”
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