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My Life as a Ninja

My Life as a Ninja

The My Life series (Volume 6)

Janet Tashjian; illustrations by Jake Tashjian

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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Book 6 in the bestselling My Life series!

Derek Fallon has expanded his taste in cartoons to the world of manga and anime. Together with his friends Carly, Matt, and Umberto, Derek has fun learning about all the cool aspects of ninja culture. When someone starts vandalizing their school with graffiti of a mischievous troll-like figure, these ninjas-in-training are convinced they'll be able to crack the case. But it turns out that being a ninja is a lot more work than they thought, and this adventure brings about new opportunities for Derek to embarrass himself. For once, can he be the hero that saves the day?

A Christy Ottaviano Book

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War Cry


“Cowabunga!” I jump out from behind the credenza, blocking my mother’s path as she walks by with a stack of mail.

“Derek! You have to stop scaring me!” She sprints across the room to pick up the envelopes...

Reviews

Praise for My Life as a Ninja

My Life as a Book:
A 2011 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

"Give this to kids who think they don't like reading. It might change their minds." —Booklist, starred review

"A kinder, gentler Wimpy Kid with all the fun and more plot." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Sure to engage fans of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid books as well as those looking for a spunky, contemporary boy with a mystery to solve." —School Library Journal

My Life as a Stuntboy:
"Another fun, emotionally resonant read for the Wimpy Kid set and beyond." —Kirkus Reviews

"A fast-moving plot and relatable protagonist make this stand-alone sequel a good choice for boys who, like Derek, would rather reach for a TV remote or game controller than a book." —School Library Journal

"Fans of the first will be utterly delighted by this sequel and anxious to see what Jake will turn up as next." —The Bulletin

"This is a great package for kids, especially those like Derek who don't think they like to read." —Booklist

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About the author

Janet Tashjian; illustrations by Jake Tashjian

Jake Tashjian is a teenage illustrator of middle grade children's books. He has illustrated My Life As a Book and My Life As a Stuntboy, as well as My Life As a Cartoonist and Einstein the Class Hamster. He collaborates on his novels with his mother, the author Janet Tashjian. He has a video blog entitled Notes From the Panic Room at their My Life as a Book website. He films all of the segments then edits the vlogs in IMovie.



When Jake was in elementary school, he used to draw his vocabulary words on index cards. This later became the inspiration for the main character, Derek, in the My Life As A..series.



Jake grew up in Needham, Massachusetts and currently lives in Los Angeles where he attends Fusion Academy. He is an avid surfer and film aficionado.

Janet Tashjian

Jake Tashjian

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