Young adult author Misa Sugiura presents new fantasy series

Young adult author Misa Sugiura visits the Mission Valley Branch Library to present her new middle-grade fantasy series about a girl who must face demons set on bringing chaos to save her Shinto goddess mother and the world. Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind is perfect for Aru Shah and Fablehaven fans. This is a free storytime event open to the public. After storytime, the Library Shop SD will host a book signing. Pre-order your copy of the book.

About the Author: 

Misa Sugiura’s ancestors include a poet, a priestess, a samurai, and a stowaway. She was born and raised in Chicagoland but eventually found her way to her true home in Northern California, where she lives and writes under a giant oak tree with her husband, two sons, and a cat named Mouse. Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind is her first middle-grade novel and was inspired by the gods and monsters of her parent’s home country, Japan.

About the Book: 

All Momo wants for her twelfth birthday is a normal” life‑a life like everyone else’s. At home, she has to take care of her absentminded widowed mother. At school, kids ridicule her for mixing up reality with the magical stories her mother used to tell her. But then Momo’s mother falls gravely ill, and a death hag straight out of those childhood stories attacks Momo at the mall, where a talking fox rescues her… and normal” goes out the window. It turns out that Momo’s mother is a banished Shinto goddess who used to protect a long-forgotten passageway to Yomi‑a.k.a. the land of the dead. That passageway is now under attack, and countless evil spirits threaten to escape and wreak havoc.