Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale

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Can One Girl Win A War?

My name is Kano Murasaki, but everyone calls me Risuko. Squirrel.

I am from Serenity Province, though I was not born there.

My nation has been at war for a hundred years, Serenity is under attack and my family is in disgrace, but some people think that I can bring victory. That I can be a very special kind of woman.

All I want to do is climb.

My name is Kano Murasaki, but everyone calls me Squirrel.

Risuko.

~*~

Though Japan has been devastated by a century of civil war, Risuko just wants to climb trees. Growing up far from the battlefields and court intrigues, the fatherless girl finds herself pulled into a plot that may reunite Japan — or may destroy it. She is torn from her home and what is left of her family, but finds new friends at a school that may not be what it seems. Magical but historical, Risuko follows her along the first dangerous steps to discovering who she truly is.

Kano Murasaki, called Risuko (Squirrel) is a young, fatherless girl, more comfortable climbing trees than down on the ground. Yet she finds herself enmeshed in a game where the board is the whole nation of Japan, where the pieces are armies, moved by scheming lords, and a single girl couldn’t possible have the power to change the outcome. Or could she?

YOUNG ADULT HISTORICAL ADVENTURE

COMING JUNE, 2016!

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About the author

A native of Sausalito, California (famous mostly for being the town at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge, and for having a cookie named after it), David Kudler is an author, editor and performer. 

He is the founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of Stillpoint Digital Press. Since 1999, he has overseen the publications program of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, where he has served as the managing editor of the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell series. He is honored to be serving as the current vice-president of the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA).

He lives in Mill Valley, California (the next town north from Sausalito) with his wife, teacher and author Maura Vaughn, their two author-to-be daughters, and their non-literary cats.

He's excited that his young-adult historical adventure novel Risuko will be coming out in June, 2016!

Want to keep up with him? Sign up at stilpt.us/risuko!

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Publisher
Stillpoint Digital Press
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Published on
Jun 15, 2016
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Pages
230
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ISBN
9781938808333
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Coming of Age
Fiction / General
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Thrillers / Historical
Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / General
Juvenile Fiction / Historical / Asia
Juvenile Fiction / Historical / General
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