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To Be A Ninja Paperback – 4 Jul 2005
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Running away from home is usually a bad idea. However Ignis, Allandra, and Michael have three good reasons for doing it. First, their father Vargas Havelock is a drug baron; second, he's thoroughly evil; and third, he expects them to join him in the family business before they get much older. Given all that, running away starts to look quite reasonable. But when Ignis and Allandra stage an escape during a holiday in Wales, taking Michael with them, things don't go to plan. Michael gets recaptured, and Ignis and Allandra nearly drown. When they wake up, they find they've been taken to a secret valley deep in the forest. A school is hidden there, built into the treetops, and it's filled with children studying to be ninjas. This is Rokkaku, and it's to become their home. And so Ignis and Allandra's new life begins. The ninjutsu training is hard, but the friends they find make up for it. Outside Rokkaku, though, Vargas is still looking for them. Sooner or later, Ignis and Allandra are going to have to face their father again...and their brother too.
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It is just as thrilling as I remember with even a few surprises I have forgotten happened very very pleased :)
Just as they are about to loose conciousness, they are rescued by a mysterious figure who pulls them both from the water, when they awaken they find themselves in a remote school. The story of To Be a Ninja takes you on the journey of two siblings yearning to rescue their brother, to do this they must first learn to protect themselves with the ancient art of Ninjatsu.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting an easy read but also a nail biting, page turner. A great job and I am thoroughly looking forward to the sequel.
It gets off to a bit of a slow start, and I wasn't sure if I would like it at first but slowly I got into it and it turned out to be quite good. The only observation I have would be that it does a unique style of writing, and some people may no like Benedict Jacka's style. However, all in all it is a good book once you get into it. It may not be some peoples cup of tea (or coffee, as it happens) but I liked it, so my advice would be give it a go and see what you think.