The Ninja Librarian

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The Ninja Librarian is a humorous set of tall tales set in the highly fictional gold-country town of Skunk Corners. It’s the story of a dusty, tough, unfriendly town that gets a new outlook on life thanks to the advent of the Ninja Librarian—a mild-mannered librarian who offers his wisdom with a little extra when folks don’t listen. More
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About Rebecca M. Douglass

After a lifetime of reading and a decade of slinging books at the library and herding cats with the PTA, Rebecca began to turn her experiences into books of her own, publishing her first (The Ninja Librarian) in 2012. That failed to quiet the voices in her head, but seemed to entertain a number of readers, so she wrote some more, which generated still more voices. Despite the unlimited distractions provided by raising sons to the point of leaving home, not to mention the mountains that keep calling (very hard to resist the urging of something the size of the Sierra Nevada), she has managed to produce many more books in the years since.

For those who enjoy murder and mayhem with a sense of humor, Rebecca’s Pismawallops PTA mysteries provide insights into what PTA moms and island life are really like. If you prefer tall tales and even less of a grip on reality, visit Skunk Corners in The Ninja Librarian and its sequels. And for those who’ve always thought that fantasy was a bit too high-minded, a stumble through rescues and escapes with Halitor the Hero, possibly the most hapless hero to ever run in fear from any and all fair maidens, should set you straight.

Through it all, she has continued to pen flash fiction, for a time sharing a new story on her blog nearly every week. Now those stories are getting new life in a series of novella-length ebooks, with an omnibus paperback coming soon.

Why does Rebecca write so many different kinds of books (there’s even an alphabet picture book in the mix!)? It might be because she has a rich lifetime of experience that requires expression in many ways, but it’s probably just that she’s easily distracted.

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About the Series: The Ninja Librarian
Follow the adventures of Big Al, the Skunk Corners school, the denizens of Two-Timin' Tess's Tavern, and of course the Ninja Librarian through these collections of delightful tall tales.

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Reviews of The Ninja Librarian by Rebecca M. Douglass

Catherine G. reviewed on Jan. 15, 2015

The Ninja Librarian by Rebecca Douglass is a story told in the perspective of Big Al, the local school teacher of Skunk Corners. They have had a lot of trouble with librarians, many not lasting long because of the conditions within the small town. With the new librarian, Tom, there's bound to be trouble. Not necessarily because of the librarian, but because there's been bets going on about how long he'll last. Join Big Al and The Ninja Librarian to see what happens!

I got it for free from Smashwords, via a free coupon provided in December 2014. Regardless, this is my honest opinion about the book. I quite enjoyed it. The book is essentially a bunch of short stories centering around the two main characters, Big Al and Tom. Overall, it's more about Big Al and her school. Her pupils often have troubles, such as not having enough food, warm cloths, etc. At these points, Big Al turns to Tom for the answers to her questions, many of these answers can often be found in books or Tom's training. I quite like the way they use knowledge in the town since the librarian's arrival. It's quite special that the townspeople now use books to find the answers to their questions and that the kids in Big Al's class will know that for their future.

As for the people, I think Douglass has set up some great and unique characters. I think that the author did not introduce more than necessary and each of them had their proper uses. I did quite like how Wild Harry Colson and Crazy Jake kept on making appearances and doing their best to help the town at certain points.

My only problem is that sometimes the accented speach becomes annoying ("She done run off to hev her bebby.") and it can occassionally take a few moments to figure out what they say. I'm thankful that not all characters speak like that the whole time, but the few times some do, can be distracting.

Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot. It's great for both kids and adults with amusing plots and great characters. Five stars, definitely.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)
Pepper Owens reviewed on April 11, 2012

A cute mind mint.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This was a refreshing, fun, breezy read that is very much serialized. There are short, short stories strung together as chapters and they are so vividly written it is as if you’re actually watching it. It was a change of pace from my normal fare and served to entertain while giving me a much needed break. It is a page turner but not in a gasp, OMG, I don’t believe they did that short of way – but in a “I love this break I’m having way”.

When Tom moves to Skunk Corners to become the new librarian, the only person that seems to want him to stick around is Big Al the schoolteacher who Tom insists on calling Alice – her real name. As this cute read goes one, you find that Tom is showing and efficiently teaching the miserable town folk quite a bit without their knowledge.

This is a great read-aloud book for children and a refreshing return to innocent for the older generation. I found myself smiling as I went along. In a word it was fun and I wished it went on a little longer.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
Kel Donovan-Roberts reviewed on April 6, 2012

This was such a cute and funny book. The Ninja Librarian, Tom, comes to Skunk Corners to be the new librarian. The town at first doesn't really want him and makes bets on how long he will stay since everyone tries to make him feel unwelcome. Tom isn't put off by their brash ways and ends up teaching the town quite a few different thing.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

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