Welcome to our stop on this blog tour. Thank you very much to Lilyan @ Blackthorn Tours and Caite Moore for providing a copy of the book to [K]
The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.
Driven mad by poverty, the death of her father, and the ruthless streets of North Seattle’s Lake City, twelve-year-old Gabriela Urieta puts on her ski-mask at night and becomes Ninja Girl. In her own mind, she’s a superhero—the only hope for cleaning up her neighborhood. In reality, she’s a sixth-grader who drugs her little brother to sleep so she can sneak out at night and rob criminals.Using money taken from her victims, Gaby hires a transient as her sidekick, naming him “Wallman.” Together they get lost in her comic-book fantasy. But before long, Ninja Girl and her family find themselves in all sorts of danger.
Gaby lives on a council estate with a dubious reputation. Fed up with the crime rate where she lives Gaby decides she is going to clean up her town, putting on a ski mask to fight crime.
Upon starting this book I wasn’t sure what to expect. Young Gaby takes it upon herself to try and clean up her neighbourhood since circumstances have driven her and her family into poverty and a crime riddled area to live.
Giving a bit of a Batman vibe Gaby is 12 going on superhero 20 age, wanting to ensure her mother and brother are safe in their home. This book did start to feel like a superhero comic and I was willing Ninja Girl and Wallman onto bigger and better stunts, defeat the bad guys and to save the day like all good superheroes do.
I loved Gaby’s character, her strength of will and wanting to do what is right regardless of the consequences. The charm of Wallman as we learnt about his circumstances and how he became homeless. And Gaby’s little brother who is part of the popular gang at school but is still kind towards his big sister.
I wonder if we will be seeing more of Gaby and Ninja Girl in the future? Maybe we need a light in the sky to call her to our aid, like Batman. Only time will tell…
Cait Moore, studied commerce and law in Australia and pursued her career in the capital markets in London. Since she was knee high to a kangaroo, she’s harboured a deep love for the written word. Her fervent belief in the “one” has led her to explore in her fiction, what binds two hearts and souls. Hers belongs to her husband, author, Michael J Moore.
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