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Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite
Brendon and Carson’s Ninja Training and Adventures by Rod P. Stoner is an interactive puzzle book which not only tells the story of Brendon and Carson (B and C) as they begin their training in Ninjutzu, but also integrates word search puzzles, crosswords and a maze which engage the reader in the story as an assistant trainer. Once B and C, with the help of the reader, reach their black belt status, they are surprised by Bad Boys Inc., who have snuck into the Grand Master’s house and stolen his favorite sword. Through more mazes, the reader helps B and C as they set out to recover the Grand Master’s sword and make use of their newly acquired skills.
Rod P. Stoner has integrated puzzles with adventure in Brendon and Carson’s Ninja Training and Adventures. There is not only a decent story which is certain to capture the interest of young readers, but it draws them into some of the skills and disciplinary attributes of martial arts training as well. Through the use of puzzles, a young reader who might not be overly eager to read suddenly finds himself or herself deeply involved in the story and feeling as if they are actually a part of the action. It is a wonderful, innovative idea to mix the puzzles into reading and subtly lead young readers into something deeper. Simple, challenging and full of adventure, Brendon and Carson’s Ninja Training and Adventures is an excellent beginning to an interactive series with plenty of challenges ahead.