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Heart of a samurai : based on the true story of Manjiro Nakahama / Margi Preus.

By: Preus, Margi.
Contributor(s): Beckerman, Chad [bkd] | Amulet Books [pbl].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2010ISBN: 9780810989818; 0810989816.Subject(s): Nakahama, Manjirō, 1827-1898 -- Juvenile fiction | Whaling -- Juvenile fiction | Samurai -- Juvenile fiction | Japanese -- United States -- Juvenile fiction | Shipwrecks -- Juvenile fiction | Castaways -- Juvenile fiction | Rescues -- Juvenile fiction | Adventure and adventurers | United States -- Relations -- Japan -- Juvenile fiction | Japan -- Relations -- United States -- Juvenile fictionAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Heart of a samurai.DDC classification: [Fic] Awards: American Library Association Notable Children's Book 2011; Newbery Honor, 2011; Booklist Editor's Choice/Books for Youth 2010. | Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2011.Summary: In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.
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CML Adolescent Fiction University of Texas At Tyler
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P9431he (Browse shelf) Available 0000002143188

Subtitle on first printing: based on the true story of Nakahama Manjiro.

"Book design by Chad W. Beckerman"--t.p. verso.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 297-301).

In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.

American Library Association Notable Children's Book 2011; Newbery Honor, 2011; Booklist Editor's Choice/Books for Youth 2010.

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2011.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-A Japanese teenager living in the mid-19th century bridges two worlds in this stunning debut novel based on true events. Manjiro and his fellow fishermen find refuge on a remote island after a storm destroys their ship. When they are rescued by an American whaleboat captain and given the chance to return home with him, Manjiro accepts the offer. His encounters with a land that he has been taught is barbaric and his subsequent efforts to return to Japan shape him into an admirable character. Preus places readers in the young man's shoes, whether he is on a ship or in a Japanese prison. Her deftness in writing is evident in two poignant scenes, one in which Manjiro realizes the similarities between the Japanese and the Americans and the other when he reunites with his Japanese family. A sailor named Jolly and an American teen express the racism he experiences in America. Both of these characters gain sympathy from readers as their backgrounds are revealed, and as one of them comes to respect Manjiro. The truths he learns about himself and his fellow men and women are beautifully articulated. Manjiro's own drawings are well placed throughout the narrative and appropriately captioned. Preus includes extensive historical notes and a bibliography for those who want to know more about the man and the world in which he lived.-Hilary Writt, Sullivan University, Lexington, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Margi Preus has written many popular plays and picture books for children. She teaches a children's literature course at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, where she writes for Colder by the Lake Comedy Theater and also watches for whales on Lake Superior. This is her first novel. Visit her online at www.margipreus.com.

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