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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
Miscellanea and Ephemeron

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08/05/2008 Archived Entry: "Novel review: Naruto: The Boy Ninja"

Naruto: The Boy Ninja
Adapted by Tracey West
Based on the Original Story by Masashi Kishimoto
Published by Vizkids
ISBN-10: 1-4215-2056-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-4215-2056-8

Review by April Kimm

Vizkids publishes Tracy West's adaption of Masashi Kishimoto's "Naruto." This chapter book is intended for ages 7 to 10. It is divided into ten chapters consisting of a few pages each with a few illustrations and is in large print.

Naruto paints the monument of the Hokage on the side of the mountain as a prank in the first chapter. Instead of transforming into Iruka, Naruto transforms into a girl during Iruka's class in the second chapter. Iruka treats Naruto to ramen for cleaning up his graffiti on the monument in the third chapter. Naruto fails his graduation test in the fourth chapter. Under Mizuki's suggestion, Naruto steals the forbidden scroll from the Hokage's house in the fifth chapter. The Hokage forms a search party to retrieve the scroll from Naruto in the sixth chapter. Iruka finds Naruto hiding out in the forest and gets injured protecting him from Mizuki in the seventh chapter. Mizuki reveals that the nine-tailed fox that attacked the village twelve years ago is sealed in Naruto's body in the eighth chapter. Iruka fights Mizuki and defends Naruto in the ninth chapter. Naruto beats up Mizuki by using the secret jitsu he learned from the scroll and passes the graduation test in the last chapter.

The storyline follows the manga but with horrible writing. The language Tracy West uses is dated and corny and her slight changes to the story make no sense and remove any meaning or character development that was in the manga. Elementary school kids would be better served reading the manga.

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