The Name of the Blade

The Name of the BladeWritten by Zoë Marriott

Mio lives in London with her parents. She was given instructions by her grandfather shortly before he suddenly died about a special gift (a sword) that she was responsible to protect. Years later she remembered the “sword” and wanted to use it as part of a costume for a party. She took the sword and strange things started to happen.

  1. She was told that there would be shadows and blood.
  2. She was hit by a car and nothing happened to her. (Except it scared her friend very much.)
  3. A boy from a reoccurring dream came to life to protect her.
  4. People were being killed by a 7 tailed black cat.
  5. The cat wanted “her” sword.
  6. She and her friends were taken into the “Spirit of London.”
  7. She fought the cat with such fury and strength given her from the sword that she killed the cat.

Just to name a few…

Mio and her friend Jack (short for Jacqueline) were successful in recovering Jack’s sister and Mio’s friend did not die.
This was a page turning story of a Japanese Myth. This is a story full of twists and turns and challenges that had to be conquered.

Review by Kristine Johnson, Teacher, West Lake Junior High
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 7-12

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The Name of the Blade
Written by Zoë Marriott
Candlewick Press
358 pages
Release Date: November 11, 2014

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