Ink – the Paper Gods

24 May

This fantasy YA novel is a really interesting combination – a teen American girl moves to Japan to live with her aunt after her mother dies. As she learns the language and begins training in kendo, she meets a fascinating boy who, she discovers, is one of the Kami. He has the power to transform drawings into life, and Katie discovers that she increases that power.  The Japanese yazuka get involved as well, when a paper dragon comes to life over the city.

This book brings together a lot of great elements – the real world of modern Japan and the fantasy world of their traditional gods. As I read, I kept thinking about all the kids who became addicted to anime & manga – my own daughter included. This book provides a related way into that world of fantasy. Recommend for teens interested in Japanese content.

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