Thursday, April 15, 2010

Guest Post From Author Chris Bradford!!

Today, I am thrilled to have a guest post from Chris Bradford. Here's a little bit more about Chris:

Chris Bradford is the author of the award-winning Young Samurai series, a tale of adventure, friendship and heroism that follows an English boy as he strives to become the first foreign samurai. ( )

Chris is a black belt in martial arts and lives in a village in West Sussex, England, with his wife.

Books in series: The Way of the Warrior and The Way of the Sword

Now let's see what Chris has to share with us:

Ninja Librarians by Chris Bradford

In the past year, I’ve visited over 150 school libraries performing my Young Samurai show to over 30,000 school pupils. During that time, I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some wonderful librarians – many with ninja-like skills in organization, crowd management and spreading the word of Young Samurai.

One particularly fantastic American library experience that sticks out for me was my very first major event in the United States.

St. Louis County Library organised for two martial arts schools (St Louis Self Defense & Fitness and Shito Ryu Shukokai Karate Do Union) to perform displays at the launch of The Way of the Warrior.

The library was rammed with people and the atmosphere was exhilarating as real young samurai brought my book to life with high-kicking moves and fast-punching action.

I was blown away by this young lady who proved to be a phenomenal martial artist – she possessed the same devastating skill and courage as my heroine Akiko!

Such enthusiasm from both librarians and readers encourages me to write more books - and it’s always awe-inspiring to see real Young Samurai in action!

Should you wish to witness this samurai girl and her display team in action, watch the following Youtube video from my US tour:

Thanks to all the ninja librarians who are supporting Young Samurai. Keep up the good work!

For a free downloadable Librarians’ and Teachers’ Classroom Activities & Discussion Guide, please visit:

Thanks for stopping by Chris!!

1 comment:

  1. Great post Carrie, and I am so bummed I missed Chris at the St. Louis event. I just recently found out that the county library here holds these author events. I have been to one and am planning on attending another next week to see Melissa Mar.

    I will be looking for this book as I think my male students will love it. Thanks.