"[T]his novel is akin to a teen Da Vinci Code with ninjas; the high-stakes plot is woven with layers of mythology, intrigue, and romance."—School Library Journal
Winner of the 2013-2014 Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature
2015 Sakura Medal Nominee
Shortlisted for the 2014 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award
Seventeen-year-old Jet Black is a ninja. There's only one problem—she doesn't know it. Others do, however, and they're scheming to capture her and uncover her secrets. When her mother dies, Jet knows only that she must go to Japan to protect a family treasure hidden in her ancestral land. She's terrified, but if Jet won't fight to protect her world, who will? Stalked by bounty hunters and desperately in love with the man who's been sent to kill her, Jet must be strong enough to protect the treasure, preserve an ancient culture, and save a sacred mountain from destruction. In Jet Black and the Ninja Wind, multiple award-winning author, poet, and translator team Leza Lowitz and Shogo Oketani make their first foray into young adult fiction with a compulsively readable tale whose teenage heroine must discover if she can put the blade above the heart—or die trying.
"Jet Black and the Ninja Wind is one of the best novels where the action is based in Japan I've ever read. It is a Young Adult novel about the last living female ninja and her quest to save her tribe and her own life."—Kirainet.com
"[B]y the time I finished the first chapter, I was sold: Jet is the first female ninja I've encountered that felt relatable, as though if I stood in her shoes, I'd react just the same way: with some reluctance and fear, slowly growing into strength and determination."—GirlsInCapes.com
"Jet Black and the Ninja Wind is a fun, cool book to read—it is based on a great idea and it delivers breathtaking situations and fight scenes that are expected when reading a ninja novel."—PaperDroids.com