Juno Jones Word Ninja #1
Series: Juno Jones
30 Apr. 2019
Paperback / softback
A disaster has happened! Muttonbird Bay School might be closing. I mean, FOREVER. Juno Jones loves her school. She does not want to have to go to the posh school up the hill or the one down the hill next to the sewage treatment plant. But the Men in Suits want to close Muttonbird Bay Primary down.
Kate Gordon grew up in a small town by the sea in Tasmania. Juno Jones Word Ninja is Kate's first series for younger readers. She wrote it for her daughter: a fierce ninja warrior-maiden known to her family as 'Tiger.'
In her spare time, Kate loves to play with her daughter, read, and continue her obsession with Harry Potter.
Sandy Flett is an illustrator and cartoonist who lives in the beautiful New England region in New South Wales. She creates her hilariously kooky characters, pictures and stories in her art studio while listening to the sheep baa and the cows moo very loudly outside her window .
Sandy is the illustrator of Juno Jones Word Ninja and is also the creator and presenter of her very own 'How to Draw' YouTube Channel which is loved by kids across the world.
Juno's Super-Excellent Tips for Finding A Book
You'll Really Love
Are you a kid WHO DOESN'T LIKE READING? Don’t worry, I know that reading is BORING. But never fear! I, JUNO JONES, am here to save you from all the boring books. I am going to share with you my very special tips for finding just the right, not-at-all boring book for YOU!
1. READ MY BOOK! It’s the awesomest book out there for KIDS WHO TOTALLY DON’T LIKE READING. Why, you might ask? Because I wrote it, of course!
2. THINK ABOUT what you are interested in. Is it soccer? There are a bunch of books about soccer. Is it singing? SO MANY BOOKS about being a pop star (like Smelly Bella’s favourite JASON BRIGHSTAR), or being in a band. If it’s unicorns, there are seventy bazillion books about those (not so many books about ninja unicorns but I’m working on that).
There is, basically, a book about anything and everything you could possibly wish to read about, if you look hard enough. Except, maybe, about crocheting Swedish yeti twins on holiday in Brazil. If that is what you would LOVE to read about, YOU SHOULD COMPLETELY WRITE THAT BOOK!
3. GO TO your school library, public library or local bookshop. ASK THE LIBRARIAN OR BOOK EXPERT for recommendations. It is their job to know all the very best books and it MAKES THEM HAPPY when you ask them. They might also give you a free bookmark or something, if you smile at them nicely.
4. ASK YOUR FRIENDS what they love to read! Chances are, they also have a BUNCH OF GREAT TIPS and they probably like a lot of the same sorts of things you like. That’s why you’re friends, right?
5. DON'T ASK your Great Aunt Myrtle. She only likes reading books about cardigans, boiled sweets and ‘that nice young fellow off the telly’.
6. KEEP TRYING, even if you don’t find a book you LOVE right away. If you really don’t like a book, you can totally stop reading it and try a new one!
6. Last of all, DON'T FORGET! My next book is out really soon and I promise you’re going to LOVE IT, so keep your eyes open.
Juno Jones :)
Review by Books on Tour:
(Juniper Jones) Juno; a self-professed reading averter, book-detesting *cough*, doughnut-loving, capital letter-overuser, art-enthusiast, ninja-in-disguise – and funnily enough, also hilariously imaginative and seems to refer a lot to classic storybooks and other kinds of books we should all be familiar with. So yes, it certainly is funny that for someone who absolutely does NOT like reading she is so determined to save her school, Muttonbird Bay Primary, from potential foreclosure… by doing what? Yes, READING!
And WRITING! Juno is actually writing this very book for other kids who don’t like reading, and because it’s fun to write about herself and her awesome ninja skills, including fighting zombies, killer mermaids and six impossible monsters before breakfast with her literary side-kick, Futoshi. But in actual reality, Juno is fighting the Men in Suits, aka Alien lizards in human skin, aka politicians, who want to close down her beloved school. So rather than having to go to either the ‘posh’ school or the ‘poo’ school, Juno is becoming a ‘word ninja’ to save her own school.
And so comes this candid story of determination, friendships, bullies, teamwork and inadvertently exposing one’s true feelings about topics of the heart. The real sentiment being that reading, not fighting, can save the world. I love that!
Kate Gordon is the brilliant author behind the tenacious pre-teen voice of Juno. She uses a range of linguistic and language devices like rhyme and alliteration (names) to support the underlying context, but in such a humorous and subtle way. Through her character, Kate also encourages readers to get excited about writing, including mentions of conventions like dialogue, description and adding drama to your story, cliff-hangers, jumping into the action and hooking your audience into your plot at just the perfect moment. I also loved the reminder from Juno – who really can’t deny her enjoyment of reading forever – of all the wonderful things about getting lost in a story and being frightened and laughing out loud, wanting to stay up all night and even re-reading books just for fun.
Sandy Flett’s hand-drawn line and shade illustrations throughout are the best addition to this energetic, witty and clever story. They are so stylistically age-appropriate and applicable to the given pre-teen market. Not to mention completely funny and perfectly cheeky at the same time.
With a fantastic cast of interesting characters, inspirational messages and themes, and an absolutely engaging and entertaining storyline, Juno Jones Word Ninja is the first in an exciting series that sure will be hi-jinxing its way into the hands of kids around the world.