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    Darkness Hidden (The Name of the Blade #2) – Zoe Marriott

    “The Kitsune were celebrating.  Their court – a massive natural amphitheatre, hidden deep underground – echoed with wild music and giddy laughter. Immortal fox spirits in both human and animal form wandered upend down the grassy terraces and danced around the huge golden trees that ringed the steep earthen bowl. Some of them were making so merry that it was kind of hard to know where to look.” Mio and her friends defeated the terrifying Nekomata, against every odds and now there was cause for celebration. But Mio is still connected to the Katana, still compelled to protect it, and the celebrations are cut short when it is discovered that…

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    Ink (The Paper Gods #1) – Amanda Sun

    “I made it halfway across the courtyard before I realised I was still wearing my school slippers. No lie. I had to turn around and slink all the back to the genkan, the stifled laughs from my classmates trailing me as I mustered what slippered dignity I could. God, way to scream foreigner. You’d think after a couple of weeks I’d have the routine down, but no.” Katie has been thrust into japanese culture head first, until a few weeks ago she didn’t know anything about the culture, didn’t know any of the language, hadn’t set foot on Japanese soil. But since her mothers death she has been in the…

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    Hattori Hachi: The Revenge of the Praying Mantis – Jane Prowse

    “The Samurai warrioes of old Japan considered the cherry blossom, with its beautiful but short life, as a symbol of their own lives – which could end violently at any momeny. My mum always kept a bonsai cherry tree in our living room, and every year in early spring when it blossomed, we’d have a tea ceremony to give thanks for the fact that we were all still healthy, happy – and alive.” Hattie Jackson is just like every other 15 year old girl – bar the fact her mum has played strange games involving stamina and indurance pratice without her really noticing over the course of her life. Then…