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Secret of the Ninja

(reissue cover)
(2005 reissue)
(Australian cover)
(Australian cover)
(reissue)
Series: Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) #66
Choose Your Own Adventure (2005-) #16
Choose Your Own Adventure Reissues (Australian Versions) #16
Contained In: Choose Your Own Adventure Martial Arts Box Set (Collection)
Translated Into: Rahsia ninja (Malay)
El secret dels ninja (Catalan)
El secreto de los ninja (Spanish)
El secreto de los ninjas (Spanish)
Sekret ninja [Секрет ниндзя] (Russian)
Tajemství ninjů (Czech)
Tajemstvo ninjev (Slovakian)
Adapted Into: Secret of the Ninja (Graded Reader) (Gamebook)
Author: Leibold, Jay (pseudonym used by Montavon, Jay)
Illustrators: Freymann, S. (original)
Marron, Jose Luis (reissue cover)
Nugent, Suzanne (reissue interior)
Release Dates: April, 1987
2005 (reissue)
2008 (Australian edition)
ISBNs: 0553264842 / 9780553264845
0553275658 / 9780553275650
1741690722 / 9781741690729 (Australian edition)
1933390166 / 9781933390161 (2005 reissue)
Length:115 pages (plus glossary and special note) (original), 124 pages (plus glossary and special note) (reissue)
Number of Endings:29
User Summary: Something mysterious and disturbing is happening in your friend Nada's dojo, and you have to help her figure out exactly what is wrong.
Demian's Thoughts: This was the first of several books in the series featuring a martial arts theme. As a result, it's one of the most popular and frequently-reprinted entries. Since I've never been especially interested in martial arts, I actually didn't read this book as a child; this is too bad, as I actually might have liked it. It's more about legends and spirits than about beating people up, and the pace is quite fast. Although the writing isn't nearly as good as what was displayed in Jay Leibold's previous book and credibility is far too frequently stretched, it's a decent adventure, featuring numerous references to Japanese folklore and good plot consistency in the tradition of Louise Munro Foley's better work. Unlike Foley's successes, though, the tale doesn't reveal new facets with each read, instead tending to repeat the same small handful of revelations again and again. This is too bad, as it seriously inhibits replayability. The reader's motivation to stick around is further diminished by rather mediocre illustrations and a number of frustratingly abrupt endings (a Leibold trademark?). Still, for all its flaws, this is a fairly respectable entry in the series, and worth at least a handful of read-throughs.

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Dtar's Thoughts: An interesting adventure for the young martial arts and time travel enthusiast. One interesting thing to note is that the main character is in fact a female. This could possibly make the story much more meaningful to the young female reader.

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Special Thanks:Thanks to Adam Osman for the Australian cover scans.
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