I’m never very good at birthdays & this is evident now as I forgot to post about two books that were released yesterday; The Shadow Warrior by Tanya Lloyd Kyi (Illustrated by Celia Krampien) & To Look A Nazi in the Eye by Kathy Kacer & Jordana Lebowitz. These are both books that I’ve read & enjoyed, & both have affected me in very different ways.
Shadow Warrior by Tanya Lloyd Kyi & Illustrated by Celia Krampien
It’s 1558, and warlords across Japan are battling for territory and control. Into this setting, 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.
This book is a picture book meant for children, but I still really enjoyed it. The illustrations by Celia were absolutely stunning & I would love to have some of them up on my bedroom wall (especially the map at the start because it’s really interesting). As for the story, written by Tanya, it’s such an incredible story & is perfect for children who are in need of a strong female role-model; I really want to learn more about Chiyome & I will eventually get around to doing so.
To Look A Nazi in the Eye by Kathy Kacer & Jordana Lebowitz
The true story of nineteen-year-old Jordana Lebowitz’s time at the trial of Oskar Groening, known as the bookkeeper of Auschwitz, a man charged with being complicit in the death of more than 300,000 Jews. A granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Jordana attended the trial. She realized that by witnessing history she gained the knowledge and legitimacy to be able to stand in the footsteps of the survivors.
This book covers some very difficult topics but nonetheless it is an important book & one that I think should be in every school library. This story broke my heart & made me cry a lot but I’m very glad I read it because I learnt a lot & this type of history is important. I’m not just recommending this book to you, I’m telling you to read it.