MISA SUGIURA at Books Inc. Campbell

author image of Misa Sugiura and cover image of her book Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind

Books Inc. Campbell proudly welcomes local author Misa Sugiura for a literary event introducing her debut middle reader novel Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind!

A thrilling fantasy series about a twelve year old girl who sets out to save her Shinto goddess mother--and the world--by facing down demons intent on bringing chaos.

All Momo wants for her twelfth birthday is an ordinary 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 she's rescued by a talking fox . . . and "ordinary" 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 across the earth.

Joined by Niko the fox and Danny--her former best friend turned popular jerk, whom she never planned to speak to again, much less save the world with--Momo must embrace her ( definitely not "ordinary") identity as half human, half goddess to unlock her divine powers, save her mother's life, and force the demons back to Yomi.


"Momo Arashima may be #71 on mean-girl Kiki Weldon's list of popular seventh graders, but she's #1 in the kami-verse! This wild ride of a novel is simultaneously a hilarious adventure and a meditation on fear, anger, bravery, friendship, and the ties of family and love."
--Sayantani DasGupta, New York Times bestselling author of the Kingdom Beyond series

"With vivid descriptions, relatable characters, and colorful figures from Japanese mythology, Misa Sugiura takes readers on a grand adventure."
--Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fablehaven

This hilarious, high-spirited tale blends Japanese legends, mythical creatures, and deities. Alongside the fantastical romps, themes of fear, anger, loneliness, belonging, friendship, and inner strength are thoughtfully explored. Funny, relatable, and full of adventure."
-- Kirkus Reviews


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 parents' home country, Japan. Misa is also the author of three young adult novels: the award-winning It's Not Like It's a Secret and the critically acclaimed This Time Will Be Different and Love & Other Natural Disasters. Her short stories have appeared in the New York Times and the anthology Come On In: 15 Stories of Immigration and Finding Home.

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
1875 Bascom Ave., Suite 600
Campbell, CA 95008
Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind By Misa Sugiura Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593564066
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Published: Labyrinth Road - February 28th, 2023

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