Taro has been raised to believe he is a simple fisherman’s son. However, this action packed story opens with Taro – who wants to be a samurai – seeing ninjas attack his home and murder his father. Saved by a good ninja, Shusaku, he and his best friend Haro find themselves on an unexpected adventure. The underlying premise of the story is that ninjas are actually vampires and that is what Taro becomes. Set in 16th century Japan, this is an unexpected blend of fantasy and historical fiction – which has some fairly extreme violence, but also ends with Taro learning some important lessons.
The Book Zone (for boys)