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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Can one girl win a war?
My name is Kano Murasaki, but most people call 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, 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.
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 possibly have the power to change the outcome. Or could she?
Historical adventure fiction appropriate for young adult and middle-grade readers.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was an okay story about a Japanese girl whose mother sold her to another woman, but I found it quite hard to get into. Risuko was an okay character and she seemed to have her wits about her, but she could behave a little rashly at times. I also thought that her brilliant climbing skills would have been used more than they were.
The storyline in this was about Risuko being sold, and then travelling to a place where she was to be trained. The pace in this was quite slow though, and there wasn’t really enough going on to really hold my attention.
6 out of 10