The Secrets of Ninja School

Deb Pilutti (Author)


Ruby sets out to learn her own secret skill at Master Willow's School for Ninjas in this charming picture book that celebrates confidence, creativity, and kindness.

Includes a craft for making a felt stuffed dragon!

Master Willow's Ninja School is a place where junior ninja saplings must learn many important skills: how to make themselves invisible, fight skillfully, meditate patiently and--most importantly--how to be brave and unleash their own secret talent. But Ruby's no good at traditional ninja skills and she seems too afraid to conquer her fears. Can a quiet, gentle sapling really graduate from ninja school? Yes! Especially when she taps into her own special talents.

Christy Ottaviano Books

Product Details

Henry Holt & Company
Publish Date
March 20, 2018
8.9 X 0.4 X 11.1 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Deb Pilutti is an award-winning illustrator and designer. She was previously a partner at, designing toys and products for the children's market. The creator of Ten Rules for Being a Superhero, she lives with her family in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


A Great Lakes Book Award Reading List Selection for K-1

"The artist's gouache, pen, and ink illustrations are a treat, with aesthetics reminiscent of 1950s graphic design and animation. Inventive framings make every page a surprise."--Publishers Weekly

"Practicing the ways of the ninja allows her to find and develop her own creative skills as she bravely comforts and supports her fellow saplings-in-training navigate the separation from home to school with a gift of friendship. For young readers finding their own special skills."--School Library Journal