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Extended Audio Sample White Crane: Samurai Kids #1 (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Sandy Fussell
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (117 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sandy Fussell Narrator: Joshua Swanson Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN:
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Niya Moto is the only one-legged samurai kid in Japan, famous for falling flat on his face in the dirt. None of the samurai schools will teach crippled Niya, until an offer arrives from the legendary samurai warrior Ki-Yaga, sensei of the Cockroach Ryu. Niya and the other Cockroaches must defeat the fierce samurai students from the Dragon Ryu at the Samurai Trainee Games. Though they seem to be at a terrible disadvantage, it's not long before they learn that if they stick together, there is no journey that they cannot complete, no fear that they cannot face, and no battle that they cannot win.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly Gould | 1/14/2014

    " A wonderful tale of triumph over personal difficulty. It's great to watch the handicapped Samurai Kids reach beyond their limitation and excel. So many lessons about friendship, inner strength, and learning to know oneself. Perfect for any young reader and many an older one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/12/2014

    " A tale of plucky misfits that triumph over the arrogant champions. Nothing new there, but I for one couldn't resist a band of young samurai with disabilities hailing from the hardy Cockroach Ryu. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan Funke | 12/28/2013

    " Definitely for younger teens and tweens. A lot more lessons than action, but good characters who I hope to see grow in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo Beth | 12/16/2013

    " The last of the 2013 Battle of the Books selections. It was a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margbar11 | 12/16/2013

    " Wonderful! Very exciting read, but also loads of wonderful messages about courage, ability/disability, friendship and integrity. We'll be reading the whole series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 11/28/2013

    " This book is about a samurai school that takes children that nobody else wants and transforms their lives to become samurai. The sensei does not give up on his students, although they all struggle with different disabilities. The book has a great story that can benefit any reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vibhava Leelaratna | 8/24/2013

    " It was interesting and good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Tilatitsky | 4/15/2013

    " Absolutely, positivley funny and great. I was chuckling though half of the book, because, well, I have a different sense of humor. Still, it was great and all of that. Hope I can read the next one. And yes, READ IT. Please. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 1/12/2013

    " very cool like how they are disabled "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/3/2013

    " Good book. I read this aloud to my 4th grade in Library class. They loved it, too. We are all wanting to read the others in the series. Perfect book for the 7-9 set. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grade5 Five | 7/6/2012

    " I like this book because i think the story is going to be really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 6/11/2012

    " It is a fairly good book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 3/25/2012

    " This book makes a perfect read aloud to go along with a character unit. My fifth grade team is studying Japan, making this book an even better fit. My students can't wait for the time of the day when I read this novel! I like how the ending is a happy twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 1/28/2012

    " Great book about young samarais who have physical disabilities that doesn't interfere with their training with a great, wise teacher "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 10/26/2011

    " A school for samurais where all the students have something to overcome. One has a missing leg, another a missing arm, one is blind, another has six finger and toes. I really liked how the Sensai relentlessly emphasized the students strengths and what they were good at. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda Kahn | 10/19/2011

    " This is a nice mg series combining humor and some samurai training. Accidentally read the second book first last year and thought I'd eventually get to the first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 10/7/2011

    " This book makes a perfect read aloud to go along with a character unit. My fifth grade team is studying Japan, making this book an even better fit. My students can't wait for the time of the day when I read this novel! I like how the ending is a happy twist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 9/11/2011

    " very cool like how they are disabled "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/3/2010

    " Absolutely, positivley funny and great. I was chuckling though half of the book, because, well, I have a different sense of humor. Still, it was great and all of that. Hope I can read the next one. And yes, READ IT. Please. "

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About the Author
Author Sandy Fussell

Sandy Fussell lives in Australia, works in information technology, and loves history. The Samurai Kids series is her first literary venture.

About the Narrator

Joshua Swanson is an actor and voice-over talent. He’s worked in major motion pictures and television and as a voice talent has worked in all facets of the business. An award-winning audiobook narrator with over sixty titles to his name, Swanson has won five AudioFile Earphones Awards.