Having just completed his training, young Moonshadow is the new agent for the elite Grey Light Order, a clandestine brotherhood of shinobi (ninja spy) warriors who spy for the Shogun and protect Japan at the dawn of an age of peace. When fanatical warlords plot to plunge the nation back into chaos using a secret weapon from the West, Moonshadow is sent on his first mission. During his dangerous and possibly fatal journey, Moonshadow encounters professional killers, rogue samurai, and another ninja who's out to undermine his mission... who turns out to be a girl! Can Moonshadow's courage, sword, and unique powers prevent his land from sliding back into civil war?
Moonshadow has all the elements of a great middle grade boy series: it's got action, adventure, thrilling ninja techniques and fighting scenes, and a little bit of magic. It also features a female main character who eventually fights alongside Moonshadow, adding a dose of girl power. The story ends with a heart-stopping finale in a scene so exciting and suspenseful that young readers will be cheering for more.
Pirates are out. Ninjas are in.
"Higgins crafts a thrilling tale of honor and friendship... Move over Alex Rider."
"The swordplay is fast and furious... This adventure is part spy novel, part magic, and all fun."
—School Library Journal
Simon Higgins is the author of the bestselling Thunderfish trilogy which was a Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book and also the Jade Draper series. He is an expert in Japanese swordsmanship and lived in Japan for a number of years.