Heart of A Samurai

Heart of A Samurai

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2010
ISBN: 9780810989818
Branch Call Number: J PREUS
Characteristics: 301 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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VaughanPLDianeB May 16, 2018

Wasn't sure what to expect, but was swayed by its Newbery honor medal distinction. A wonderful adventure story about perseverance in the face of much adversity, dotted with touching and funny moments.

Jul 12, 2017

This book is inspiring and has a very important message. It is about never giving up, effort and encouragement. I really enjoyed this book, since it is based on a true story.

nathanielsoria Apr 11, 2017

In this slice of old history not many of us know about, Preus writes an amazing story about a young Japanese boy lost at sea, who finds the bravery to explore onward and into a new world: North America. It's stunning all the young boy goes through in order to get there. His resilience was amazing. I found myself wondering why this story isn't well known. Its message hits home with current racial issues– the young Japanese boy adjustments to being one of the first Japanese to set foot on United States soil. He's met with both adversity and sometimes kindness. And yet he overcomes and does more than anyone could've ever expected. Preus does a great job of both sharing historical context and information, while still being a great storyteller– you come to love the young hero as he meets a lot of interesting characters along the way. It's worth every minute of reading. I highly recommend.

Jul 18, 2016

This book is says an Important message, and is very exciting

Feb 29, 2016

A lovely piece of historical fiction and truly an inspirational book.

Jun 12, 2012

This is a good piece of historical fiction for teens, written with a young protagonist that teens can relate to.

Sep 05, 2011

I really loved this book even though it was kinda slow i absoloutely loved one of my favourite non-fiction books


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