Heart of a Samurai

By Margi Preus
(Harry N. Abrams, Paperback, 9781419702006, 336pp.)

Publication Date: January 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Hardcover, Paperback

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“Stranded by a storm on a deserted island, Manjiro and his companions are barely alive when they are rescued by a passing American whale ship. That is just the beginning! Manjiro's adventure takes him around the world - and it is all true! Preus's image-filled writing offers a perfect telling of this incredible, historical tale. What a great book!”
-- Christopher Rose, Andover Bookstore, Andover, MA


Description

In 1841 a Japanese fishing vessel sinks. Its crew is forced to swim to a small, unknown island, where they are rescued by a passing American ship. Japan’s borders remain closed to all Western nations, so the crew sets off to America, learning English on the way.

Manjiro, a 14-year-old boy, is curious and eager to learn everything he can about this new culture. Eventually the captain adopts Manjiro and takes him to his home in New England. The boy lives there for some time and then heads to San Francisco to pan for gold. After many years, he makes it back to Japan, only to be imprisoned as an outsider. With his hard-won knowledge of the West, Manjiro is in a unique position to persuade the emperor to ease open the boundaries around Japan; he may even achieve his unlikely dream of becoming a samurai.

Heart of a Samurai is a 2011 Newbery Honor Book.




NPR
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Melissa Block and Robert Siegel solicit questions and comments for the May edition of "Backseat Book Club." The upcoming book is Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus. Send your thoughts to backseatbookclub@npr.org. More at NPR.org

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