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Ten year old Nelson wakes up on his tenth birthday to discover that he can now see without glasses. And he can do flips and moves that his typically clumsy self could never before accomplish.
More than that, he discovers that he is the last ninja on earth. Something he inherited from his long lost father.
Nelson comes up against monstrous spiders controlled by an unknown evil doer.
With an assist from his cousin and grandmother, Nelson uses his new ninja powers to save the town from destruction.
In the process, he discovers a most important stone. What exactly this stone does, we don’t know. But that’s why there are more books to come in this action packed series!
The ONE Reason You NEED Ninja Kid
One of the things that I’m loving lately is the diversity of books being published.
Not just that there are more books being published by a wide range of authors. Or a wide range of characters that represent the amazing children I work with.
But I’m really loving how more books are being published for a greater range of readers.
It seems tp me that authors and publishers are recognizing that many readers want great stories. And in way that’s accessible to their current reading ability.
Years ago, these were called Hi-Lo readers. And they were soooo hard to find. And let’s face it, kids just didn’t like reading them.
But books like Ninja kid just do a much better job of delivering an engaging story for an emerging reader.
I’ve seen this in other books that I’ve recently read; like An Equal Shot, Mia Mayhem, and Nina Soni. Whether it’s the topic, content, or physical appearance.
Books like these, including Ninja Kid, are a great option for readers who want to be in a more sophisticated looking book. But who’s reading skills are still developing.
Ninja Kid gives developing readers a great story line to follow. It’s action packed. It’s silly and fun. And it’s accessible.
Matching Ninja Kid to Readers
I can absolutely see encouraging some of my first graders into Ninja Kid. First graders who are pretty good at decoding, and are beginning to develop their comprehension skills. It’s an easy story for them to follow. And they can access the language pretty easily.
I can also see nudging some of my third, fourth, and fifth graders to Ninja Kid. It has the look and feel of a chapter book. Which makes older students feel like they are in a chapter book. And yet, the language and length is perfect for an older reader who needs and assist with decoding and comprehension.