When: September 20 5:30 - 8:30
Location: New Mexico Governors' Mansion
Book Signing with Leza Lowitz and Shogo OketanI
Leza Lowitz and Shogo OketanI will be speaking about and signing their new book: Jet Black and the Ninja Wind.
Seventeen-year-old Jet Black is a ninja. There’s only one problem—she doesn’t know it. Others do, however, and they’re scheming to capture her and uncover her secrets. When her mother dies, Jet knows only that she must go to Japan to protect a family treasure hidden in her ancestral land. She’s terrified, but if Jet won’t fight to protect her world, who will? Stalked by bounty hunters and desperately in love with the man who’s been sent to kill her, Jet must be strong enough to protect the treasure, preserve an ancient culture, and save a sacred mountain from destruction. Set in the American Southwest and in the sacred Japanese North Country, “Jet Black & the Ninja Wind” weaves together the story of the Navajo Code Talkers and Japan’s indigenous Emishi tribe. In Jet Black and the Ninja Wind, multiple award-winning author, poet, and translator team Leza Lowitz and Shogo Oketani make their first foray into young ad ult fiction with a compulsively readable tale whose teenage heroine must discover if she can put the blade above the heart—or die trying.
Winner of the 2013-2014 Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature
“[T]his novel is akin to a teen Da Vinci Code with ninjas; the high-stakes plot is woven with layers of mythology, intrigue, and romance.”—School Library Journal