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by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
illustrated by Celia Krampien

Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Recommended Reads, TD Summer Reading Club Willow Award finalist, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards Amelia Bloomer Project List nomination, ALA

A thrilling adventure about warlords, battles, and female spies in 16th century Japan.

It’s 1558, and warlords across Japan are battling for territory and control. Into this setting, award-winning author Tanya Lloyd Kyi weaves the stories of three people: Mochizuki Chiyome, a young woman determined to become a ninja whose plans are thwarted by an arranged marriage; Takeda Shingen (The Tiger), a fierce warlord seeking a new weapon to outsmart his enemies; and Aki, an orphaned tavern girl whose destiny is changed by a mysterious woman. As their stories intersect, the three characters become key players in an elaborate network of undercover female ninjas who will eventually shift the balance of power in Japan.

Based on the true story of Mochizuki Chiyome and her all-female spy network, Shadow Warrior takes readers on a journey through feudal Japan, from villages to castles to battlefields. Stunning illustrations by Celia Krampien, interspersed with archival Japanese art, vividly depict the rigors of ninja training, the struggles of village life, the intensity of battle, and the thrill of accomplishing a secret mission.


“A terrifically told story with striking design and illustrations that will empower its readers.”
—Kirkus Reviews, 07/15/17

“Takes readers on a gripping journey.”
—Best Books for Kids and Teens, Spring/18

“Kyi and Krampien fully involve readers in this well-told, thrilling story.”
—School Library Journal, 09/01/17

“This interesting peek into a lesser-known historical moment tells a compelling story of women intentionally—and expertly—hiding in a male-dominated field.”
—Booklist, 09/21/17

“A fast paced story with ups and downs that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.”
—CM Reviews, 02/23/18

“An intriguing read.”
—Libris Notes, 10/08/17

“Very readable and a great example of narrative non-fiction.”
—Mackin, Books in Bloom, 11/06/17

“The engaging text is accompanied by striking artwork that lends authenticity to the story told, using an ancient and modern blend of Japanese images. It is a beautifully designed tale.”
—Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 03/08/18

“A good starting point for anyone that is mildly interested in badass women.”
—Motif by Tanya, 02/13/18

“A historical fiction set in 1558 Japan . . . how more perfect could it get. Now add incredible artwork, never ending action scenes and a fast-paced plot and WHAM! Perfection!”
—My Book Abyss, 11/19/18

“[The] illustrations were lovely and the narrative had an arresting beat and pace to it, urging the reader to flip through the pages . . . Definitely a worthy addition to any school’s library.”
—Gathering Books, 01/16/19