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Attack of the Ninja Frogs: 12/26/19

Attack of the Ninja Frogs

Attack of the Ninja Frogs by Ursula Vernon is the second of the Dragonbreath books. An exchange student from Japan, Suki Salamander, has arrived at Dragonbreath's school. With her arrival comes a new fascination with ninjas, especially ninja frogs. And it seems that real ninja frogs are after him!

There's more snark in this volume, now that Dragonbreath and his friend have been fully introduced as characters. Also, Suki is a delightful prototype of the strength and sarcasm of Harriet Hamsterbone.

The conceit of this series is that the solution to all problems can be found by riding the three o'clock bus. In this case, it means going back to feudal Japan.

Like Dragonbreath, Attack of the Ninja Frogs sits on the road narrative spectrum. As long as the bus continues to be the means of a solution, future books will also sit somewhere in the spectrum with a Blue Highway route.

Chart showing the first two Dragonbreath books on the road narrative spectrum.

Dragonbreath and his friends are still students with limited means, they continue to be marginalized travelers (66). This time the destination is uhoria (CC) as it's a time travel story. But the route remains the Blue Highway (33) because of the bus. Put all together, the second volume is about marginalized travels going to uhoria via the Blue Highway (66CC33).

The third volume is Curse of the Were-wiener (2010).

Four stars

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