The Book of Heroes
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From the award winning author of Brave Story
When her brother Hiroki disappears after a violent altercation with bullies, Yuriko finds a magical book in his room. She learns that Hiroki has been possessed by The Book of Heroes, and that only she can save him. With the help of the monk Sky, the dictionary-mouse Aju, and the mysterious Man of Ash, Yuriko has to solve the mystery of her vanished brother and save the world from the evil King in Yellow.
About the author:
Miyuki Miyabe's first novel was published in 1987, and since that time she has become one of Japan's most popular and best-selling authors. Miyabe's 2007 novel Brave Story won The Batchelder Award for best children's book in translation from the American Library Association. The Book of Heroes is her sixth novel to be translated into English.
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Does not disappoint
This book is as amazing as Brave Story. The world(s) the characters live in is/are rich and vivid and the characters that appear in the novel are written with great care. Certain critics may think that this book is confusing and abstract, but the book literally explains EVERYTHING. Literally. Right until the end. The translation is as perfect as it can get, without taking away from the author's unique voice. I could not put this book down even for a minute, because I was so drawn to the plot. It's about a young girl named Yuriko, who lives in modern Japan, who has to travel into a realm where the stories in books are actually glimpses into a different world...all to save her brother. The realm that she travels to (actually, realms, plural) sound somewhat abstract and confusing but this is because this is told in third person limited. Meaning through Yuriko's eyes. So of course it'd sound a little confusing. But the descriptions are still vivid and any questions you may have, well, they're answered in the book! :) Anyway, she travels through realms that are really book-universes. How cool is that???? This book is now one of my favorites!! :) I promise this book will deliver.