The Accidental Keyhand

The Accidental Keyhand Group age MG Just a little story about your average sword swinging karate chopping crime fighting ninja librariansDorrie Barnes had no idea an overdue library book would change her life When D

  • Title: The Accidental Keyhand
  • Author: Jen Swann Downey
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Group age MG 10 14 Just a little story about your average sword swinging, karate chopping, crime fighting ninja librariansDorrie Barnes had no idea an overdue library book would change her life When Dorrie and her brother Marcus chase her pet mongoose into the janitor s closet of their local library, they accidentally fall through a passage into Petrarch s Library theGroup age MG 10 14 Just a little story about your average sword swinging, karate chopping, crime fighting ninja librariansDorrie Barnes had no idea an overdue library book would change her life When Dorrie and her brother Marcus chase her pet mongoose into the janitor s closet of their local library, they accidentally fall through a passage into Petrarch s Library the headquarters of a secret society of ninja librarians who have an important mission protect those whose words have gotten them into trouble Anywhere in the world and at any time in history.Dorrie would love nothing than to join the society But when a traitor surfaces, she and her friends are the prime suspects Can they clear their names before the only passage back to the twenty first century closes forever

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    1. go to the card catalogue. find the brass pull plate marked 'fu-fy'. pull out the long skinny drawer and finger through the cards till you get to 'fun'ngo-- 'the ninja librarians' by jennifer swann downeye also: 'wacky', 'rollicking', 'subversive [sub-heading: subtly]', 'educational [sub-heading: painlessly]', 'memorable', and 'middle grade fiction adults will totally enjoy'. lots of categories for one book, but 'the ninja librarians, (like petrarch's library, its main setting) contains volumes: [...]

    2. ***Wanda's Summer Carnival of Children's Literature***Dorrie is not your typical little girl—she lives to re-enact swordplay and loves her acting coach. So imagine her excitement when she and her brother Marcus fall through a hole in a closet in their public library and discover the mysterious world of Petrach’s Library. Training for ‘lybrarians’ here is somewhat different from our world, including cataloguing, deception and impersonation, publishing law, stealth and illicit entry, libra [...]

    3. THE NINJA LIBRARIANS is a rocking middle grade of total win! I loooooove the world the author has set up. It rivals Hogwarts, in my opinion, for sheer awesomeness. I mean, a library floating in the ether of space-time with portals into all the ages of the world? Librarians who fight, sometimes with swords!, all acts of censorship ever perpetrated in the history of everything? Sign me up! Against this fantastic backdrop, our intrepid heroine Dorrie becomes an accidental key hand with access throu [...]

    4. When I got my ARC of The Ninja Librarians by Jen Swann Downey over the weekend, I was thrilled. It seems like I waited forever to get approval for the ARC. I must admit, it was the title itself that attracted my attention. Ninjas are awesome! Librarians are awesome(r)! Put the two together, and it’s an explosion of awesomeness. At least, that’s what was going on in my mind as I requested the preview of The Ninja Librarians from NetGalley. The Ninja Librarians is Downey’s first novel, which [...]

    5. I think many of us have a longing to identify the "Enemy" from the stream of bad news, suffering, and despair that plagues our world. And we secretly hope that just beneath our skin lies a sword wielding hero who will take that enemy on, once identified. In this wonderful adventure, Dorrie, awaiting and preparing for just such an opportunity, unexpectedly finds herself along with her brother, Marcus, embroiled in a battle against "Oppression" that is being fought in the noble houses called Libra [...]

    6. Huge thank you to Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Netgalley for this ARC.2.5With a title like Ninja Librarians, how could this book not be amazing? Unfortunately, despite the unique and interesting premise, what readers are left with is a very one-dimensional story with not enough of that unique spark to keep it engaging.I think this book will be a five star read for a lot of people, but where this book fell short with me was the fact that everything in it felt same-y throughout. The tone is consist [...]

    7. It does make me feel like a sub-standard librarian but only because I'm so tied to my college classes that I am too busy for SAVING THE WORLD, TIME-TRAVELING, FENCING LESSONS, AND SWORD AND PEN FESTIVALS. Or, my drafting papers for the Lybrariad were lost in the mail and are somewhere in outer Mongolia. I'm favoring the latter. Heartily reccommended with two nitpicks: The main character's brother is cooler than she is, and the author spells librarian, Lybrarian. It's worth reading anyway.Origina [...]

    8. Oh, I loved this book, mainly for the author's delicious way with words. This is the kind of writing that just zips along and carries you from one character to the next. It didn't hurt that the book tackled one of my personal favorite topics: secret and lost libraries. I really hope there will be more ninja librarians to come!

    9. Jennifer Swann Downey’s The Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand is an action-packed, super creative, and captivating middle-grade read that combines all my favorite things: books, libraries, adventure, and swords!Dorrie Barnes, swords-woman; adventure seeker; overdue library book offender, and her brother Marcus stumble upon an ancient secret and the thrill of a lifetime when they chase a pet mongoose into their local library. They fall through a passage into Petrarch’s Library, home of [...]

    10. The book is fantastic! Dorrie and her older brother Marcus are participating in a summer festival in which they will perform mock sword fights. Dorrie especially loves sword fighting, and dreams of being a real swords-woman, heroically fighting real battles. In a rush of bizarre circumstances, Dorrie, Marcus and a pet mongoose named Moe find themselves one instant in the staff room of the Passaic Public Library, the next in the labyrinth corridors of Petrarch's Library, outside the bounds of pla [...]

    11. Twelve-year-old Dorrie Barnes has “never been orphaned, kidnapped, left for dead in the wilderness, or bitten by anything more bloodthirsty than her little sister.” She has no supernatural relations, nor is she particularly more deserving than anyone else. She is the UN-Harry Potter. And that’s a good thing. Because she’s a heroine with true ninja potential…and has loving parents and a brother who feeds the chickens from a shoot in his bedroom.The Ninja Librarians: Accidental Keyhand p [...]

    12. My synopsis: Homeschooled siblings Dorrie and Marcus accidentally discover a secret doorway to a hidden library full of warrior librarians where they have to prove themselves, help some new friends, learn some new skills, confront some paradoxes, and eventually find their way back to their own time and, with any luck, save the day.This review copy came to me in a rather different way than the others I've reviewed. Last fall, I saw a note on one of my homeschool lists that Jen Downey had a new [...]

    13. For several reasons I felt obliged to read this. I liked the beginning (your standard secret-world, eccentric-family, madcap kids' adventure), was about to give up in the middle (great world-building*, but not enough New to keep my attention), but the last third grabbed me again with a few unexpected turns of events, so I'm glad I stuck it out. It was fun. I imagine this would be a good one to read together as a family.Historical/classical tie-ins and awesome camp-type place where you learn cool [...]

    14. Lovely adventure! Sword fighting, a secret librarian society that fights for the right to publish books and for free speech, time travel, action, bad guys, a magical library hub that connects libraries in all times and places and more! When Dorrie and her brother Marcus chase their friend Rosa's loose mongoose into the library, they wind up in Petrarch's library, the magical library hub to libraries in a variety of times and places. Unable to return home immediately, they stay with the secret li [...]

    15. I always wonder what the next great, unique story idea will be. Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand is it! A secret society of librarians who can pass through time and space via "spoke libraries" in the Lybrariad (from Ancient Athens to 17th Century France) with characters like Cyrano De Bergerac in order to preserve and defend the freedom of thought, writing and speech? Does it get any better? Yes, it does. Dorrie and her brother Marcus, along with their new found friend Ebba, oh yeah, and [...]

    16. Readers of all ages who love books and libraries will enjoy this bookish adventure! Dorrie is a real hoot, and her antics (as well as Marcus’s and Moe’s) will keep you laughing throughout the story. I love books and libraries, so when I saw that this book was releasing this year, I was pretty excited, to say the least. I was even more thrilled when I received an e-ARC through Net Galley AND hosted an interview with Jen Swann Downey on the blog! Thank you Source Books! I expect there will be [...]

    17. I absolutely love this book. I love the humor,(especially Marcus, who provided several literal laugh-out-loud moments), I love the adventures and swordplay (because really, who doesn't), but most of all, I love the Dorrie and her all-too-human struggles to be her best self. Also? Ninja. Librarians. Enough said.Sorry to rave about something that the rest of the world can't get their hands on for a few more months, but this should be added to everyone's TBR list. It has all the ingredients needed [...]

    18. This book is FANTASTIC! I love Petrarch's Library, which is a library that has portals to a whole bunch of different eras of time-- the setting is so vivid and lovely, and quite frankly, I'm ready to move to Petrarch's Library right now. Dorrie is a wonderful character, an underdog with lots of determination and spirit. The absolute best part about this book is the humor! Downey has such a wickedly brilliant, dazzlingly original sense of humor, and this book shines with it. I was laughing out lo [...]

    19. LOVED this book. Definitely want a copy for my library. A longer review will be posted later, but for now you can visit my blog (frenchizal/2014/0) for more information about this book. :)

    20. I've read a lot of fantastic MG in the past year and a half, so I was ridiculously excited to get the opportunity to read Jennifer Downey's debut novel The Ninja Librarians. It's a smart, inventive adventure that I guarantee will be on everyone's must-read list! Thanks to an accidental mongoose chase, Dorrie and Marcus Barnes accidentally stumble into Petrach's Library, which is managed by a group of ninja librarians who have one very important message: protecting those in history who have gotte [...]

    21. Dorrie and Marcus accidently open a portal to Petrarch's Library. The Library connects to many other libraries in many other times. Their portal is the first in the 21st century and they are greeted with suspicion by some. They are still able to start apprenticeships though. Marcus follows his true love into the world of plants and Dorrie learns swordcraft from Cyrano de Bergerac. Petrarch's Library is filled with librarians whose mission is to save those throughout history who are persecuted fo [...]

    22. “The Ninja Librarians is a title that is sure to tempt all Librarians for deep down we all want to believe that we are for the preservation of knowledge and the right of an individual to his or her own thoughts. Getting to know Dorrie and Marcus and watching them change is a delight. Dorrie changes from stage-struck Dorrie to a Dorrie who wants to fight for the right to think. While “Apathy Is Hard Work” Marcus suddenly realizes that dreaming about kissing a girl is not reality but endange [...]

    23. Ninja Librarians is a fun read for anyone who loves books, libraries and history. There is some mild suspense, nothing too intense, in which the protagonist and her brother are stuck in an alternate world and can't get home. The story will be very comfortable for 3-6 grade children, especially those with a passion for books.

    24. I can't rate this as I barely got into this story. Maybe I'll come back to it one day. I just don't think I'm in the mood for it now.

    25. But in addition to trying to make the world a quieter place for those trying to read and think, our lybrarians are also trying to keep people from having their tongues cut out or being thrown into jail or set on fire for scribbling the wrong thing on a piece of parchment. Not to mention keeping their writings from being destroyed or locked away. . . . A properly trained lybrarian is one of the most fearless and fearsome beings in the world! . . . There's cataloguing, deception and impersonation, [...]

    26. recently received an advanced readers copy of The Ninja Librarians – The Accidental Keyhand by Jen Swann Downey through Netgalley, and knew I was in for an adventurous read! I wasn’t wrong. Loved every minute. I became a little anxious while reading this book… I mean, as a present day librarian, I haven’t been approached with the idea of being part of a secret underground society that is actually protecting the world and able to travel through time… when would MY time be coming? Nail b [...]

    27. Reviewed from a digital copy provided by Netgalley.Dorrie and her brother, Marcus, are participating in a simple sword play demonstration at a Renaissance Fair when they chase their friend’s escaped mongoose into the public library, accidentally opening a secret, ages old, hidden lybrariad (complete with portals to different time periods). With its walls, they find friendship and excitement, adversaries and intrigue. Of course, being kids, they stumble into danger and do not take the easy way [...]

    28. This is what I wanted to do as an adult: I want to be a ninja librarian!! I wish this book had been out when I was younger because I would have gobbled it up even more than I did now (if that’s possible…). Jen Swann Downey knows exactly how to draw you into a fun fantasy full of sword fights, time travel, and librarians!Dorris and Marcus are the classic picture of clashing siblings in the 21st-century. Two kids with seemingly different interests, she in being a hero and pirate, saving the wo [...]

    29. I wanted to love this book, I really did. What librarian wouldn't be excited about a book featuring "your average sword-swinging, karate-chopping, crime-fighting ninja librarians"? And just look at that cover! (Although if the ARC had been distributed with the final cover for the hardback, instead of this cover, I may not have had such high expectations.) But no matter how much I wanted to love it, in the end, it just wasn't one of my favorites.It took me a long time to get through this book; wh [...]

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