Sword in the Stacks

Sword in the StacksAuthor: Jen Swann Downey

Series: The Nina Librarians

Publisher: Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky

Release Date: June 7, 2016

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

The follow up to the first Ninja Librarian is funny, fast, and highly entertaining.

Dorrie and her brother Marcus are back and finally joining Petrarch’s Library as apprentices. Now they have to train to one day be able to go on missions to rescue people whose words have gotten them into trouble.  They have classes and training with the other apprentices.  Before long, Dorrie finds herself close to a member of the Stronghold, the Library’s biggest enemy.  She tries to spy and find out what the enemy is up to.  If she isn’t careful, those she has come to care about could be in grave danger.

I stumbled upon this and thought it sounded interesting. My biggest problem is I didn’t realize this was the second in a series.  I’m sure several aspects would have made much more sense having read the first.  Even so, I did enjoy the story.  A group of kids working in a library going back and forth in time and places to save those who have gotten themselves into trouble with their writing.  For young readers, this is a great series with lots of twists and turns and adventure throughout.  I would highly recommend reading the first before diving into The Sword in the Stacks.  Not only to better understand this story, but also for another interesting adventure.

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