Heart of a Samurai

Heart of a Samurai

Margi Preus


In 1841, a jap fishing vessel sinks. Its workforce is pressured to swim to a small, unknown island, the place they're rescued via a passing American send. Japan's borders stay closed to all Western international locations, so the workforce units off to the United States, studying English at the way.

Manjiro, a fourteen-year-old boy, is curious and desirous to research every little thing he can approximately this new tradition. ultimately the captain adopts Manjiro and takes him to his domestic in New England. The boy lives for a while in New England, after which heads to San Francisco to pan for gold. After a long time, he makes it again to Japan, simply to be imprisoned as an interloper. together with his hard-won wisdom of the West, Manjiro is in a distinct place to cajole the shogun to ease open the limits round Japan; he will even in attaining his not going dream of changing into a samurai.

Accolades and compliment for Heart of a Samurai

  • 2011 Newbery Honor ebook
  • New York instances Bestseller
  • NPR Backseat publication membership choose

"A brilliant biographical novel via Margi Preus." -Wall highway Journal

STARRED REVIEW

"It's a vintage fish-out-of-water tale (although this fish is going into the water repeatedly), and it's accurately this vintage constitution that offers the radical the good bones of a undying story. Backeted by way of gritty seafaring episodes—salty and bloody adequate to guarantee us that Preus has performed her research—the book's middle is its center part, within which Manjiro, allegedly the 1st jap to set foot in the United States, bargains with the bias and promise of a brand new international. via jap culture, Manjiro used to be destined to be not more than a humble fisherman, but if his 10-year saga ends, he has turn into a lot more."
Booklist, starred review

STARRED REVIEW

"Illustrated with Manjiro's personal pencil drawings as well as different archival fabric and unique paintings from Tamaki, it is a eye-catching fictionalized (although significantly devoted) retelling of the boy's adventures. shooting his ask yourself, notable willingness to profit, the unfairness he encountered and how he finally motivated officers in Japan to open the rustic, this hugely wonderful page-turner."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

STARRED REVIEW

"Stunning debut novel. Preus locations readers within the younger man's sneakers, no matter if he's on a boat or in a jap criminal. Her deftness in writing is obvious in poignant scenes, one during which Manjiro realizes the similarities among the japanese and the americans and the opposite while he reunites together with his eastern family."
School Library Journal, starred review

STARRED REVIEW

"Preus mixes truth with fiction in a story that's straight away adventurous, heartwarming, sprawling, and irritating in its depictions of early anti-Asian sentiment. She succeeds in making readers believe each piece as "other" as Manjiro, whereas exhibiting the US at its top and worst via his eyes."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"First-time novelist Preus turns the genuine tale of Manjiro into an action-packed boy's experience tale."
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