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Samurai Kids Book 1: White Crane

By Sandy Fussell
Illustrated by Rhian Nest James

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.Together with the other Cockroaches, Niya must defeat the fierce Dragons Ryu at the Samurai Trainee Games.

  • An historically accurate depiction of feudal Japan; the focus on martial arts will appeal to active kids!
  • The first in an exciting new series for boys and girls that celebrates differences.

About the author

Sandy Fussell lives on the NSW South Coast with her husband and two sons. She studied mathematics at university, is intensely interested in history, and now works in IT. She is afraid of bears, volcanoes and samurai swords and has written a book about each one of them. Her series Samurai Kids has been hugely successful: Book 1, White Crane, won an IBBY 2011 Outstanding Book for Children with Disabilities and has been listed for awards in the US, UK, Japan and China. Book 3, Shaolin Tiger, and Book 5, Fire Lizard, were Notable Books in the Younger Readers Category in the Children s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Awards. Shaolin Tiger was also short-listed in the Speech Pathology Awards - Upper Primary Category, 2010. Polar Boy, Sandy s first stand-alone novel, was short-listed in 2009 for the CBCA Book of the Year Award for Younger Readers, and her second stand-alone novel, Jaguar Warrior, was a CBCA Notable in 2011. For further information please visit her website: www.sandyfussell.com

About the illustrator

Rhian Nest James has been working as a freelance illustrator for many years after graduating from Exeter College of Art with an Honours Degree in Illustration. She has produced illustrations for a wide variety of publishers and organisations but her speciality is children s books, having illustrated over 60 children s books and contributed illustrations to many more. Rhian moved to Sydney from her native Wales in 2002 and she continues to illustrate for others and work on her own projects. She is the illustrator of the best-selling Samurai Kids series (written by Sandy Fussell) and has recently illustrated the award-winning fiction title Toppling written by Sally Murphy.

Review

"As an enjoyable, well constructed story for a wide age range, it’s a winner." Magpies

Awards

2011: IBBY Australia

Outstanding Books For Young People With Disabilities

ISBN: 9781921150203
Imprint: WALKER BOOKS AUST
Distributor: Harper Collins Distribution Services for Australia and New Zealand
Binding: NON S
Release Date: March 1, 2008
Dimensions: 142 x 203mm, 256pp
Stock Status: STOCK
Australian RRP: $15.99
New Zealand RRP: $17.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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