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Could Taro, a fisherman’s son, be destined for greatness? In the course of a day, Taro’s entire life changes: His father is murdered before his eyes, and Taro is taken by a mysterious ninja on a perilous journey toward safety. Someone wants Taro dead, but who—and why? With his best friend, Hiro, and their ninja guide, Shusaku, Taro gets caught in the crossfire of a bitter conflict between rival lords for control of imperial Japan. As Taro trains to become a ninja himself, he’s less and less sure that he wants to be one. But when his real identity is revealed, it becomes impossible for Taro to turn his back on his fate.

Nick Lake is the critically-acclaimed and prize-winning author of six YA novels, including The Blood Ninja trilogy, In Darkness (winner of the Michael Printz Award), There Will Be Lies and Whisper to Me.  He is a publisher at Harper Collins Children's Books and lives with his family in Oxford.  Locked out Lily, illustrated by Emily Gravett, is his first middle-grade book for children and will be release in September 2021 by Simon & Schuster Children's Books.

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