The Ninja Librarians

The Ninja Librarians

The Accidental Keyhand

Book - 2014
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Dorrie and her brother Marcus accidently open a portal to Petrarch's Library, where they discover a secret society of warrior librarians who travel in time, protecting the world's greatest thinkers from torture and death for sharing knowledge and ideas.
Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, c2014.
ISBN: 9781402287701
1402287704
Characteristics: 377 p.

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JCLChrisK Nov 03, 2014

More than anything, Dorrie has two great loves: books and swords. She dreams of fighting evil with a blade the way the heroes in all the great stories do. Unfortunately, she knows only how to use her prop sword for stage combat and realizes that even if she were truly skilled she wouldn't stand a chance against modern weapons. Then she and her older brother fall--literally--into Petrarch's Library, an extra-dimensional center with hubs in different times and places throughout history whose lybrarians fight for intellectual freedom using any and all means necessary.

It could be a dream come true, except Dorrie and Marcus are the library's first visitors from the twenty-first century, and their unexpected, uninvited entry puts them on the wrong side of security as potential hostile agents, particularly since they caused unintentional chaos and damage during their panicked first moments. They find themselves under investigation as probationary guests of the library, exploring a world they never knew existed and getting caught up in time-travel espionage, feeling entirely unqualified and unprepared, hoping not to end up on the wrong side of the lybrarians.

Well done and much fun, with believable characters and realistic situations within the fantastical circumstances.

Cleveland Youth Services Recommends Jun 11, 2014

If you like adventure stories, you will LOVE this book!

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JCLChrisK Nov 03, 2014

But in addition to trying to make the world a quieter place for those trying to read and think, our lybrarians are also trying to keep people from having their tongues cut out or being thrown into jail or set on fire for scribbling the wrong thing on a piece of parchment. Not to mention keeping their writings from being destroyed or locked away. . . .

A properly trained lybrarian is one of the most fearless and fearsome beings in the world! . . .

There's cataloguing, deception and impersonation, publishing law, stealth and illicit entry, library organization, unarmed combat, research skills, armed combat, book repair, fire and explosives, . . . patron relations, horsemanship, . . . water training, espionage, escape and concealment, meteorology, geography, field survival . . .

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