Claire Youmans


Japanese folklore and Meiji-era history combine in an exciting series featuring Toki-Girl Azuki and her brother, Sparrow-Boy Shota. This was a time when anything could happen and probably did, so the adventures of siblings who can turn into birds and their friends as they all try to grow up and survive while both handicapped and benefitted by their dual natures make for exciting stories. Youmans is widely published, is a retired lawyer who has worked in Japan, and currently lives there. She's found her fictional home in this series and hopes you enjoy reading it as much as she does writing it. Print books are globally available at Amazon, Create Space and in the Baker & Taylor catalog.

Smashwords Interview

Why folklore?
Who doesn't love a dragon? Seriously, the incorporation of folklore into the lives of Toki-Girl Azuki, Sparrow-Boy Shota, Crane-Woman Tsuruko, Dragon-Girl Renko and more allows a greater field for exploration and gives the material for great stories that showcase Japan's unique character while being a lot of fun.
Why the Meiji-era?
In a span of about 50 years, Japan leapt from a decaying feudalism to a first-world power. That's amazing! So much happened so quickly! How did Japan make this transition so fast? How did Japan manage to do this while keeping its own unique cultural identity? What is there about Japan that make this possible? How were ordinary people affected? How did they cope? How did their lives change? I try to answer these questions with careful research into history as told through the lives of normal -- well, mostly -- citizens.
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The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy
Follow the adventures of Toki-Girl Azuki and her Sparrow-Boy brother, Shota and their friends as they confront the challenges of being humans and something-else in the chaotic and changing world of Meiji-era Japan!


The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy Book 5 Noriko's Journey
Series: The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,910. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Noriko's happy with new her husband and his dual-natured niece, Toki-Girl Azuki, and nephew, Sparrow-Boy Shota, in rural Meiji-era Japan, but something's wrong. Can the solution lie in her hidden past? With the help of the Dragon King, Noriko journeys to her childhood home and discovers a secret that shocks her. Will her past and her future finally align so she can be complete in her new
The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy Book 4 Uncle Yuta Has An Adventure
Series: The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy, Book 4. Price: $4.12 USD. Words: 77,520. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Fourth in the Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy series, this exciting historical/fantasy series is set in Meiji-era Japan. Following the adventures of Toki-Girl Azuki, Sparrow-Boy Shota and their friends, this book takes their uncle and guardian on a journey to the new capitol of Tokyo on a trip that will change his life -- and that of his family and friends.
The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-boy, Book 3, Together
Series: The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,480. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Asia
Azuki and Shota are finally home! Life in their corner of rural 19th Century Japan is nearly perfect – but Azuki’s sick. Shota defies his uncle to track down the legendary Crane-girl to help Azuki and impress the Dragon Princess. When Shota takes his beloved boat to deliver Azuki’s gorgeous work, he finds trouble – and not just among humans!
The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-boy, Book 2, Chasing Dreams
Series: The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 44,940. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
Chasing Dreams is the sequel to The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy, recounting the continuing adventures of Azuki, the girl who turns into a Toki, and her brother, Shota, who can become a sparrow.  Outcasts, Tengu, Dragons, Tanuki, and all the uncertainty and chaos of Meiji-era Japan provide help and challenges as they find a way to live as themselves and still chase their dreams.
The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy
Series: The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 31,310. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Asia
In the tumultuous world of Meiji-era Japan, Azuki becomes convinced that her ability to turn into a Toki bird caused her human family’s suffering at the hands of their feudal overlord. She flees to join her bird-kin and start a new life as a Toki, abandoning her human life. Her brother, Shota, a sparrow-boy, must find her and bring her home in time so they can live as humans as well as birds.

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