About the Author
Risuko is just a poor girl from a forgotten town who loves to climb things – trees, cliffs, roofs, fortress walls so that she can look into the windows… Which could either get her into trouble or provide a useful resource in times of trouble. For instance, there are several lords tearing up eighteenth century Japan with their armies. Could little Risuko’s skill provide just the help needed to save the lives of her friends and comrades?
Risuko was sooo good! I completely enjoyed this story of the young girl with the nickname Risuko, or “squirrel.” The name fit her exactly from her personality and scrawniness to her penchant for climbing things. And yet, there is more going on with her than meets the eye. Her father’s past also plays a major role in the story as do her other talents.
The book description starts off with “Can one girl win a war?” This is a bit of a misrepresentation of the story. I have no doubt that this one girl can indeed win a war, but it didn’t happen in this book. She need to grow up a little and be trained before she can make a significant difference. Her victory at the end of the book is small and only concerns a few people.
Risuko is the story of a girl who was taken from her home into a bizarre school. There is always a mystery hanging over her head. Why does everyone know about her father? What has he done? What is this school for girls? What do the older girls do while the younger ones are not allowed in? Who is ransacking people’s offices and what are they trying to find? Each question is answered expertly in a fantastic plot.
I spent the entire book guessing Risuko’s age. It is never stated as far as I can tell. My guess is around 10-13. Funny how knowledge of something as small as that can change the whole dynamic of the story. I mean, is she 8? 12? 16? Any of those ages is somewhat possible but would put her skills and relationships in a different light.
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to middle-grade and younger teen readers who love a good adventure story.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.