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I grew up loving (and I mean LOVING) movies and TV shows that featured martial arts. Especially the original Karate Kid and the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But, even though I was a voracious reader, I never read a single book about karate, kung fu, the art of ninja, or the honor of samurai warriors. Maybe I was lazy and didn't look for any. Maybe there weren't any available. But kids and teens today are still crazy about the martial arts. They have their own Karate Kid and TMNT. They also have Kung Fu Panda, Avatar, and Lego Ninjago. And they are lucky enough to have tons of books to feed their mania. Here's a list of great fiction featuring the martial arts. If that's not enough, maybe you'll get a kick out of some nonfiction books under the Dewey Decimal numbers 796.8 and 952.

Blood Ninja by Nick Lake (#1)
Blue Fingers: A Ninja's Tale by Cheryl Whitesel
Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society by Adeline Yen Mah
Cinderella: Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowan
The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn by Dorothy Hoobler (#1)
The Japanese Ninja Surprise by Sara Pennypacker (Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures #3)
Moonshadow: Rise of the Ninja by Simon Higgins (#1)
Naruto Vol. 1: The Tests of the Ninja by Masashi Kishimoto
Night of the Ninjas by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House #5)
Phoenix (Five Ancestors: Out of the Ashes #1 in brand new series, comes out September 25, 2012)
The Revenge of the Forty-Seven Samurai by Erik Haugaard
Sam Samurai by Jon Scieszka (Time Warp Trio #10)
Samurai Shortstop by Alan Gratz
Sisters of the Sword by Maya Snow (#1)
Tiger by Jeff Stone (Five Ancestors #1)
White Crane by Sandy Fussell (Samurai Kids #1)
Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior by Chris Bradford (#1)

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