Japanese culture has influenced this first instalment in what is set to be a trilogy of books featuring Japanese character Miku and her family.
Debut Australian author Cristy Burne has lived for several years in Japan, where she grew interested in the local folklore; she now lives in Perth but curiously chose to set her trilogy in England. The book features black-and-white manga-style illustrations by UK illustrator Siku.
Twelve-year-old Miku narrates the story, which beings with her family’s move to England – followed by some yokai or demons. Then her substitute teacher turns out to be a child-eater, her little brother gets abducted, and a dragon woman suggests Miku has powers of her own – obviously to be discovered in book two. Miku and her best friend, Cait, battle the bad guys.
Two young girls being brave and clever without a hint of pink or glitter on the cover? Hooray!
With thanks to the fabulous Meg McKinlay for the heads-up