Proud to be a tea-sippin' nerd of a mommy!
Proud to be a tea-sippin' nerd of a mommy!


By David Kudler

A very interesting novel set during the period in Japanese history known as Sengoku after a devastating civil war (the civil war era that lasted from 1467 to 1603). Risuko is a young fatherless girl who is purchased by a widow, Lady Chiyome, to become a student at her school. What Risuko soon learns is that, under the pretense of running a school for shrine maidens, Lady Chiyome is building a small army of “dangerous flowers” aka female ninjas of which Risuko is to become.

I enjoyed the historical environment and the strong female characters in the story. A few times I thought it took Risuko too long to figure something out--but she is young, and this is certainly an experience I had while reading other middle-grade novels. 

Enjoyable novel, especially for girls of all ages. Recommended.

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2016 Indie Editor's Choice

by the Historical Novel Society.

Long listed for the Historical Novel Society 2017 Indie Award.

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