Dorrie and Marcus are delighted to be back in Petrarch s Library, as welcome apprentices this time But things aren t going as well for the Lyrariad as they would have hoped, and Dorrie feels partially responsible, since she and Marcus lost the page from the History of Histories that may lead the Foundation to change the past in seriously dangerous ways But in between worrying about the Foundation s activities, Dorrie and her friends focus on learning from their classes Dorrie and her friends also discover a new ghost library where they work on helping Marcus and Dorrie fix past mistakes and make plans for stopping the Foundation s latest plot The thing that I like about this series is the way that historical characters and events are blended into the story For example, for one class, Dorrie and Ebba are assigned to help protect the efforts of an anti suffrage group who they heartily disagree with when they would much rather help the suffragist they befriend along the way Can they find a way to do both I also love the idea of Lyrarians out in the world protecting free speech intellectual freedom This is a fun series for children who love unusual libraries This is along the same lines as Escape from Mr Lemoncello s Library, except with serious themes and sword play. This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and that has not altered my opinion in anyway.I am surprised to say that this book was excellent as far as sequels go I m not usually one for sequels, usually I don t go for them much at all, but this one was so well done and a quick read once I had sit down time This book starts off not long after the last one ended This time it starts with the Lybrarians visiting Dorrie and Marcus at their house to inform them that they in fact will be coming back as apprentices this year after nearly destroying everything before when they accidentally ended up in the Lybrary While the two are excited to come back for their apprenticeships there s still a lot that they have to make up for and with the Foundation becoming an even bigger threat, Dorrie, Marcus, and their friends must work together to figure out what they are planning while still attending classes and practicums and going on small missions of their own.Basically this book took me back to being a twelve year old, engrossed in an adventure complete with sword fighting, potions, magical creatures creatures made of magic like stuff , and time travel Seriously, this series has my attention and I am loving it so much There is extreme character development in mostly Dorrie and, surprisingly, Millie Dorrie is feeling the pressure of her mistake from her and Marcus first visit to the Lybrary, and when she ends up apprenticed with the last person she would expect, the bond she ends up forming with them is quite adorable and awesome Millie turns into a person I had not expected leaving it there to avoid spoilers But I did feel as though Marcus got forgotten in this book a little, just as though he would appear every so often and Ebba almost took his place as Dorris s partner in crime.We traveled to worlds and met new Lybrarians and the connections to all the different aspects of each detail was amazing Down to my favorite part of this book the Scooby Doo library It s two of my favorite things combined From this mischievous mini library to pulling camels out of books and riding them across a desert, this book has the adventure you would want in any middle grade ninja librarian book I really can t wait to see where Jen Swann Downey takes the next book there will be another right and where our apprentices end up next quarter Four point five beans out of five from me Thanks, NetGalley They provided me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Check out the original review on blog.I m very happy to say I was NOT disappointed in this sequel.Let me explain I ve been obsessing over the first book in this series for almost two years, and when a reader obsesses like that thinking back on all the great moments, good story, and fun characters that same reader might possibly unintentionally set that book on a pedestal that the sequel just can t compete with.With that first book on a pedestal or not, Sword in the Stacks was magnificent.Picking up pretty much where we left off, Dorrie and Marcus must convince their parents to allow them to apprentice with the time hopping, evil fighting, censorship opposing Lybrarians out to save the world one piece of writing at a time.Not only is this sequel magnificent, I might actually like it better than the original Aside from the great story it tells the daring adventures the madcap run ins with famous historical figures the inevitable breaking of rules and general child hero mayhem it really delves into a side of Librarianship that s important to understand A complete lack of censorship.Ever since discovering the series, I wondered how Downey was going to handle this specific aspect of her concept The idea of the world saving Lybrariad is that these heroic Lybrarians travel through time trying to save endangered writings and or authors, whether from destruction, censorship, or death This is fantastic when a Lybrarian saves an essay on human kindness or a book on anti slavery, but what about works that hold disagreeable or downright horrible ideas Downey jumped right in to address the Lybrariad s stance and I feel much comfortable in this world now, knowing that there isn t any agenda pushing going on here instead, the Lybrarians of Petrach s Library while themselves cannot be unbiased strive to protect all writings despite their bias This is, understandably, a tricky concept to portray, especially in middle grade, but Downey handled it with considerable tact and grace plus she twisted it into another of her lovable madcap adventures I keep using the word madcap , I know Pretty sure that s an effect of the secret room that Dorrie, Ebba, and Marcus find, and the fact that they dub it the Scooby Doo library There was one other thing I longed to see in this book and my wish was granted.We get to learn a little about Millie In the first book, she was the snotty brat who gave Dorrie such a hard time on her last visit to the Lybrariad, also implying that Dorrie wasn t good enough to qualify as an apprentice on her own merit Once we found out she was the daughter of the Lybrariad s head of security, I ve been dying to know about her There s the obvious mean girl conflict here, but what I found most intriguing about it is Dorrie s stubborn desire to win Millie over Instead of letting Millie bait her into fighting, or giving her the cold shoulder in turn, Dorrie is determined to make friends with Millie, whether Millie likes it or not Even in the first book, I found this adorable and refreshing, and I liked seeing of this genuine kindness in Dorrie s character I look forward to seeing where Downey will take these characters next.Speaking of characters, I must admit my disappointment at Marcus As fun as he remains in the sequel, and still as true to character, not a single Star Wars quote passed his lips Not A Single One He s the same Marcus we know and love, up to his old shenanigans, he s just got some different obsessions now Teenagers, right Last, but not least, concerning our favorite Lybrarian Much as I love Hercule Savinien de Cyran de Bergerac with his expert swordsmanship, magnificent schnoz, fantastically ridiculous name, and swoon worthy vocabulary I enjoyed seeing Dorrie cope through most of the adventure without him With the Lybrariad working double time to solve the mysteries of the Foundation s return, most of their Lybrarians are hunting down clues, including her beloved Savi And who does Dorrie wind up working with Well, I won t spoil that But this unexpected change in mentors forces Dorrie to face her disappointment, some of her self doubt, and preconceived notions Again, I adore Savi, not only because he s awesome, but because he s also a wise and patient mentor to Dorrie, but I liked that Dorrie has a chance to work with others, to maybe realize that she doesn t have to rely on just one mentor I also think it taught her to rely a little on herself.To sum up Another fantastic, hilarious adventure, with plenty of drama and intrigue high stakes high seas and good lessons learned all around.The Ninja Librarians is a glorious mix of time travel, historical fiction, and the Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego game I loved as a child this series knows no bounds I see kids all the time at my library devouring Mary Pope Osborne s Magic Treehouse books and I can t wait until their old enough I can switch them over to these Dorrie s father Where did you meet these people In a dark alley, said Marcus They leaned out of a van and offered us a candy He s kidding, he s kidding cried Dorrie.Seriously, I adore Marcus Full review here this is a cute book for middle grade readers grades 5 thru 8 There is a great sense of adventure and mystery plus a good deal of humor which will appeal to many young readers Any history buff or library lover will get a kick out of the premise. Now Official Apprentices Of The Lybrariad, Dorris And Marcus Have Joined Ebba In The Immense Time Folding Labyrinth Known As Petrarch S Library For The Summer QuarterDorrie Is Eager To Do Well At Her Practicums, And Prove Her Worth As An Apprentice, But Before She Can Choose Between Spears, Axes, And Cats Throwing Objects With Precision And Flair And First And Last Aid When No One Else Is Coming , Mistakes Made By Dorrie In The Past Cause Trouble For The LybrariansThe Foundation, Once Nearly Destroyed By The Lybrariad, Now Has The Means To Rise From Its Ashes, And Disappear Reading And Writing From The World To Make Sure It Succeeds, The Foundation Sets In Motion A Dark Plan To Increase The Power Of A Cruel Figure From The Fifteenth CenturyTo Stop The Foundation, Dorrie, Marcus And Ebba Will Have To Burglarize Aristotle, Gather Information Among The Suffragists And Anti Suffragists Of London, And Risk Their Lives To Wrest A Powerful Weapon Out Of The Foundation S Hands All While Upholding The Lybrariad S First Principle Of Protecting All Writing, Appreciated Or Despised If They Fail, Reading And Writing Will Only Be The First Things To Disappear In this, the second in The Ninja Librarians series, 12 year old Dorrie and her brother are now apprentice librarians These are not your book shelfing type of librarians, however they travel through time, through library portals, to protect freedom of speech Classes can be interesting, and assignments challenging, especially when you have to protect speech you disagree with Dorrie, however, has bigger fish to fry Due to a mistake she made the past may be changed and someone at Petrarch s library may die Can she put things right Only by risking everything This is a fun, engaging, adventure series that you don t have to be a librarian to enjoy. What not to like Adventure, time travel, librarians with swords fighting off nasty Foundation baddies Unfortunately, I started this and then it ended up being buried in my reading pile I am very glad that I excavated this from the pile and finished this fast moving adventure that flashes from New Jersey to Petrarch s library to Victorian England and spends time in early Athens and Timbuktu Dorrie and Marcus along with other apprentice Lybrarians in frustrating Mr Biggs by discovering what Winn s Gift actually is and keeping history in line Now, I just need to read the 1st volume and see if tales have been printed. The Ninja Librarians are back Or Librarians with a y if you prefer I still both like and dislike Dorrie She s impulsive and at times, selfish, but to me, that lends authenticity to her age in the books Marcus is just as charming as ever and as ridiculous Ebba, Millie, and the whole gang are back as well and it s delightful to see them all.Our heroes face some large tests in this volume, but they rise to the challenge even if at first they don t succeed I look forward to books in the series. I loved the premise of this book, but I just couldn t connect with it Maybe it was the writing I didn t especially like. This is a super interesting look at librarians and the underworld of super heroes Well if you think that librarians can be super heroes, which I personally do It is intended for I would say middle school age kids, but I still enjoyed it There is some information in it that wouldn t be relatable for middle schoolers but for adults it would make sense.