Hattori Hachi: The Revenge of Praying Mantis, by Jane Prowse
The cover is amazing. I like how the shadowy ninja isn’t on some blank screen, but on a girl’s face-it makes it look more mysterious.
Overall what I thought:
I thought this book was amazing. It had me hooked from the first page. I love how Jane Prowse started the book with something symbolic in Japan, instead of moving right into the story. You learnt a bit about other countries and enjoyed a great book at the same time.
The heroine’s name is Hattie Jackson and she’s fifteen. I loved her calm, cold exterior, which reminded me a bit of Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games. She is extremely gifted in the art of Ninjutsu, since her mother has been training her since birth and she’s fearless. You can tell she really cares about her friends and her family, and would do anything for them, which can lead her into trouble… I really like her character.
Basically, Hattie’s mother goes missing while she’s visiting the Foundry with Mad Dog, a boy who lives at the Foundry. Mad Dog also goes missing, and the blame is pinned on him because he was born in prison, and is therefore a criminal. Hattie and her father are devastated. Then Hattie starts talking to Yazuki, the little old washerwomen who lives in the flat below hers, and she discovers that she (Hattie) is part of the Hattori family, who are a wealthy Japanese family who are skilled in the art of Ninjutsu. Hattie struggles to learn all the Dans, as well as try and find her mum and overcome her invisible barriers. This book had a lot of twists and turns, and I thorougly enjoyed it!
My Final Thoughts:
This was an amazing book and has encouraged me to read the second and third!
5 stars out of 5!