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School for Crooks is a Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu chapter book in the Brick Adventures series. It is the second in this series of books and was published July 31, 2018.

Official description

When Kai and his friend Skylor hear there's a new villain in town running a school for crooks, it's up to the ninja to teach those bad guys a lesson. Look out villains, you're about to get schooled![1]

Summary

School for Crooks

At Chen's Noodle House, Kai receives a communication from Zane that a new criminal gang is recruiting members. Kai mentions this to Skylor, which reminds her of a recent encounter with a few guys in the restaurant who had mentioned the "School for Crooks." Though Kai was planning on investigating with Zane, Skylor convinces the Master of Fire to team up with her for old times' sake.

That evening, Skylor and Kai go to the docks, where they spot and gave chase to the cloaked figure who seems to be the leader of the criminal school. During the chase, Kai uses Airjitzu, a technique Skylor had not seen before, to bring himself and Skylor closer to the unknown individual.

The two finally corner the stranger, only for him to reveal himself as Ronin and explain that the "School for Crooks" is actually a criminal reform course. Ronin had signed on to this in a deal with the Police Commissioner to help clear his name. At the same time, reforming criminals would help stifle the actual criminal gang that Kai had heard was recruiting new members.

After explaining that he had simply fled from Kai and Skylor because he would get fewer students if it seemed that he was working with the ninja, Ronin bid the two farewell while mentioning his appreciation for the Noodle House's Puffy Potstickers.

Forced Entry

Nya was on her way to the far north, searching for Wu along the way, but did not find him. She alerts Lloyd of her status before going back to her real quest. Rumors of a walled village ruled by a cruel master kept people working in the fields for long hours without rest. And Nya had come to put a stop to this madness.

As she approached the gate, a guard stopped her, demanding what of her presence. She tells him she's come to visit the Master but the guard refuses to let her in, telling her no visitors were allowed with the rule of "No one in, no one out." Nya questions him if that is so before darting past him and pushing him out, seemingly fulfilling the rule. She turns to continue on but a bigger guard blocks her and asks if there is a problem. He relays the same rule as Nya leaps up to pass him overhead but he punches her out of the gate instead.

Nya finally tells them she didn't want to do this but it seemed like they were going to have to fight and the guards burst into laughter at the thought of fighting a little girl. In response, she conjures up a ball of water and corrects them with the title, "Master of Water". The two guards then stop laughing and start whispering the things they heard about her, including her being a ninja, defeating The Preeminent with a single wave, and destroying the Cursed Realm for fun. While the last statement is not entirely true, Nya decides to let them think that to her advantage and demands they let her in. But the guards still insist on their rule so Nya shoots a burst of water at them. Unfortunately, the water fizzles out when it reached the gate and Nya realizes the gate is made of Vengestone. The guards are now laughing at her and when they defeat her, they slam the gates shut, repeating the same rule.

Frustrated that did not go as planned, Nya suddenly comes up with an idea to sneak in. Half and hour later, she comes back in a villager's outfit, carrying two buckets of water on her back. When asked, she tells the same guards she went out to get water. They become outraged, realizing she left the village under their watch and could get punished. Nya casually suggests they could let her back in so it looked like she never left. The guards hurriedly agree, demanding her to stay quiet and stick to her work, once Nya is past the gate. A smile crosses her face as she assures them she will and has her work cut out for her.

Getaway

Lloyd is chasing an intruder on the rooftop, after discovering someone had ransacked Princess Harumi's bedroom. He calls out, demanding who they are, and the thief throws off their cloak, revealing it was Princess Harumi herself. Surprised that she was not kidnapped, he asks who's in the bag, to which Harumi corrects him with what's in the bag, and shows him food. Lloyd insists that her bedroom was ransacked and the princess blushes, stating that she could be very messy. Lloyd starts to apologize when they hear guards approaching. Harumi immediately tosses some clothes from a nearby laundry line at him for a disguise and they slide down a pole.

But when they're on the ground, they see more guards marching around and hide behind laundry. They hear the leader tell the guards to question everyone, under the Emperor and Empress's orders. At the moment, Harumi nervously tells Lloyd they'll realize who she is, if they speak to her, but Lloyd reassures her he'll get them both out of the situation somehow.

Just then, the lead guard sees them and marches over. Lloyd steps in front of Harumi and the guard asks if he's seen anyone hanging around the palace or any intruders going in or out. He denies to both questions. The rest of the guards then start complaining how this search was getting them nowhere and they wouldn't be needed on patrol if the ninja were just doing their job. Lloyd questions them what they mean and one of the guards states that the ninja are supposed to be protecting the palace but the royal family still has them on patrol. Another guard starts complaining how he thought all the ninja would be taller, especially the green one. At that remark, Lloyd blushes but then Harumi pokes him and they see a motorcycle leaning against a building. The lead guard then asks Harumi if she saw anything but Lloyd interrupts them, saying the ninja seemed pretty cool and asks which one they would be. The lead guard laughs and says none but they all start squabbling over which ninja they wanted to be. As their leader comes over to remind them they are royal guards, Lloyd and Harumi take off for the motorcycle and ride away before they notice they're gone.

Suddenly, the front tire blows and the motorcycle skids toward a cliff. Harumi then pushes Lloyd behind her and takes over the wheel, leaning into the skid and steering away from the cliff. They speed off to an alleyway, where Lloyd disbelievingly asks how she drove like a master. Harumi stammers she doesn't know and Lloyd claims it was incredible and thanks her for saving their lives. Harumi dismisses the compliment, saying they were lucky to have the ninja protecting the palace. Lloyd then laughs and states he should probably be the one asking for protection from her to which Harumi shyly replies she will do her best.

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Miscellaneous

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Vehicles

  • Cruise ship
  • Motorcycle
  • Speedboat

Locations

Species

Trivia

  • The events in School For Crooks and Forced Entry take place before Kai's, Zane's, and Nya's entrances in "The Mask of Deception." Getaway starts out as an adaptation of the beginning of "The Jade Princess" between Lloyd and Harumi and tells how they escaped the palace grounds before going to the canal. Lloyd's Journal also takes place after "The Mask of Deception."
  • In the audiobook, Lucien Dodge narrates Lloyd's Journal, School For Crooks, and Getaway while Cassandra Morris narrates Forced Entry.[2]
  • The speedboat Kai and Skylor pilot has the appearance of the Katana V11, but in the story, it is simply an ordinary speedboat.
  • Kai used Airjitzu to get to a rooftop where Skylor had cornered Ronin. This makes it the last time the ninja used Airjitzu outside of Prime Empire.
  • The plotline of the police's promising to clear Ronin's name in return for his helping them was re-used in "Uncharted," though in that case, Ronin was simply catching criminals rather than helping reform them.

Gallery

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Story #2

Story #3

Audiobook Previews

References

Books

Ultimate Guides

Official Guide · World of Ninjago: Official Guide · Secret World of the Ninja · The Book of Spinjitzu · The Making of the Movie · Lord Garmadon's Guide to World Domination · Garmadon Rulez! · The Book of Elemental Powers

Character Encyclopedias: Character Encyclopedia · Character Encyclopedia Updated and Expanded · Character Encyclopedia New Edition

Visual Dictionaries: The Visual Dictionary · Visual Dictionary New Edition

Chapter books

Kai: Ninja of Fire · Zane: Ninja of Ice · Cole: Ninja of Earth · Jay: Ninja of Lightning · Snake Attack! · A Team Divided · The Search for Zane · Breakout! · The New Ninja · Legend of the Brown Ninja · Pythor's Revenge · The LEGO Ninjago Movie Junior Novel · Brick Adventures (Brother/Sister Squad · School for Crooks · Fired Up! · Legends of the Ninja) · Spinjitzu Brothers (The Curse of the Cat-Eye Jewel · The Lair of Tanabrax · The Maze of the Sphinx · The Chroma's Clutches)

Readers

Way of the Ninja · Masters of Spinjitzu · The Golden Weapons · Rise of the Snakes · A Ninja's Path · Pirates vs. Ninja · The Green Ninja · Attack of the Nindroids · Techno Strike! · The Titanium Ninja · The Rescue Mission · Ninja vs. Ninja · Spy vs. Spy · The Quest for the Crystal · Return of the Djinn · Day of the Departed · Ninja in Action · Shark Attack! · Lloyd: A Hero's Journey · Mystery of the Masks · Epic Adventures · Lloyd vs. Lord Garmadon · How To Be A Ninja · Back in Action! · The Legend of Jay · Game Masters · Frenemies · The Uncharted Island · Island of Mystery! · Sneak Attack! · Mystery of the Lost Power

Graphic novels

The Challenge of Samukai · Mask of the Sensei · Rise of the Serpentine · Tomb of the Fangpyre · Kingdom of the Snakes · Warriors of Stone · Stone Cold · Destiny of Doom · Night of the Nindroids · Who is the Phantom Ninja? · Comet Crisis · Tournament of Elements · Ghost Ninja · From Ghosts to Pirates · The Untold Tales of Skybound · Dark Island Trilogy (Part 1 · Part 2 · Part 3) · Garmadon (Issue 1 · Issue 2 · Issue 3 · Issue 4 · Issue 5)

Activity books

The Chosen Four · Spinning Power · Ninja vs. Snakes Activity Books · Ninja vs. Nindroids · The Tournament of Elements · Spot the Samurai-Droid · The Way of the Ghost · Attack of the Sky Pirates · Choose Your Hero · Giant Ninja Activity Book · Book of Secrets · The Hands of Time · Book of Mazes · The Ultimate Ninja Training Manual · Lord Garmadon, Evil Dad · Garmadon Attack! · THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE: Official Annual 2018 · The Conqueror Garmadon's Activity Journal · Ninja vs. Dragon Hunters · Game Time! · Choose Your Ninja Mission · Golden Ninja · A Job for the Ninja · Sssnake Time · Ninja Style

Box Sets: LEGO Ninjago Spinjitzu Card Collection Holder · Brickmaster Ninjago (Fight the Power of the Snakes · Build Your Own Adventure · Build Your Own Adventure Greatest Ninja Battles) · Gift Set Box · Destiny's Bounty Adventure Box · Build and Stick: Dragons

Coloring Books: Fun to Colour · Fun to Color

Sticker books

Lego Ninjago: Ready, Steady, Stick! Sticker Activity · Lego® Ninjago: Ready, Steady, Stick! · LEGO Ninjago: Ready, Steady, Stick!: Sticker Activity Book · Lego Ninjago: Ready, Steady, Stick! · THE LEGO® NINJAGO MOVIE: Ready Steady Stick! · LEGO Ninjago Ultimate Sticker Collection · Ultimate Sticker Collection: The LEGO Ninjago Movie · Ready and Waiting: Sticker Activity Challenges

LEGO Club Magazine

Mid-Air Mayhem! · Ninja Ambush! · You Just Can't Get Good Help! · Race for the Masks! · Danger: Dieselnaut! · Golden Days · Aspheera Rises! · The Search for Zane · Race to Danger! · Into the Storm! · All Tied Up! · A Ninja Sharpens Ninja!

Ninjago Magazine

Main series:
Tournament of Elements: 1. Meet the Ninja · 2. Top Secrets Revealed · 3. Prepare for Danger · 4. Issue 4
Possession: 5. Packed with Ninja Fun! · 6. Full of Ninja Action! · 7. Ghost Alert! · 8. Ghost Attack · 9. Who's Scared of Ghosts?
Skybound: 10. Monster Attack · 11. Beware the Sky Pirates! · 12. Ninja in Danger! · 13. Pirate Attack! · 14. Ninja Explosion! · 15. Take the Spinjitzu Challenge · 16. Meet the New Ninja · 17. Issue 17 · 18. Issue 18 · 19. Ninja Beware! · 20. Top Secret!
The Hands of Time: 21. Dojo Danger · 22. Kapow! · 23. Snake Battle! · 24. Battle for Zane! · 25. Ninjago City in Danger! · 26. A Date with Destiny · 27. Desert Duel! · 28. Rogue Ninja! · 29. Boom! · 30. Techno Clash · 31. Issue 31 · 32. Rock Solid!
Sons of Garmadon: 33. Green Ninja · 34. Issue 34 · 35. Biker Battle in the City · 36. Attack of the Jungle Monster · 37. Battle of the Beasts and Bikers! · 38. Garmadon is Back for Evil!
Hunted: 39. The Ninja Heroes are Missing! · 40. Issue 40 · 41. Ice Blast! · 42. Dragon Race! · 43. Secret Mission · 44. Ninja vs. Garmadon
March of the Oni: 45. Return of the Dragons! · 46. Green Ninja to the Rescue! · 47 Jailbreak! · 48. Lost Dragons! · 49. Battle Ready! · 50. Battle! · 51. Ninja vs. Oni
Secrets of Forbidden Spinjitzu: 52. A New Adventure! · 53. Beware! · 54. Issue 54 · 55. Blazing Battle! · 56. Desert Showdown with Pyro Vipers! · 57. Showdown! · 58. Samurai Storm!
Prime Empire: 59. High Speed! · 60. Games Masters · 61. Game Over · 62. Secret Mission · 63. Speed Demons! · 64. Final Battle!
Master of the Mountain: 65. Shintaro! Secrets Revealed! · 66. Dungeon Monsters! · 67. Monstrous Mission! · 68. Ninja Legend! · 69. Yikes! · 70. Invincible Beast · 71. Ship Wrecked!
The Island: 72. Full Speed Ahead! · 73. Jailbreak! · 74. Island Attack! · 75. Ocean Race! · 76. Hunted! · 77. Island Challenge! · 78. Jungle Warrior!
Seabound: 79. Sea Monsters! · 80. Father vs Son! · 81. Mech vs Monster! · 82. Ocean Beasts! · 83. Ocean Escape! · 84. Ocean Invaders! · 85. Can Jay Save Nya? · 86. Monster Panic!

The LEGO Ninjago Movie: The Biggest Ninja Mission of all Time!

Ninjago: Legacy: 1. Golden Ninja! · 2. Snake Attack! · 3. No Fear! · 4. Mega Missions! · 5. Dojo Danger! · 6. Evil Invaders! · 7. Mighty Mechs! · 8. Earth Ninja! · 9. Garmadon Attacks! · 10. Snake Suprise! · 11. Ghost Attack!

Miscellaneous: Ninjago Magazine 1 · Ninjago Magazine 2

Online Readings

Way of the Departed · The Splinter in the Blind Man's Eye · Amber Spiral

Other

The Way of Ninjago · LEGO LEGO Let's LEGO Ninjago!!

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