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ISBN13: 9780440415459
ISBN10: 0440415454
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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 fourteen-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 for some time in New England, 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 shogun to ease open the boundaries around Japan; he may even achieve his unlikely dream of becoming a samurai.

Accolades and Praise for Heart of a Samurai

2011 Newbery Honor Book

New York Times Bestseller

NPR Backseat Book Club pick

"A terrifc biographical novel by Margi Preus." -Wall Street Journal

*STARRED REVIEW*

"It’s a classic fish-out-of-water story (although this fish goes into the water repeatedly), and it’s precisely this classic structure that gives the novel the sturdy bones of a timeless tale. Backeted by gritty seafaring episodes—salty and bloody enough to assure us that Preus has done her research—the book’s heart is its middle section, in which Manjiro, allegedly the first Japanese to set foot in America, deals with the prejudice and promise of a new world. By Japanese tradition, Manjiro was destined to be no more than a humble fisherman, but when his 10-year saga ends, he has become so much more."

--Booklist, starred review

*STARRED REVIEW*

"Illustrated with Manjiro’s own pencil drawings in addition to other archival material and original art from Tamaki, this is a captivating fictionalized (although notably faithful) retelling of the boy’s adventures. Capturing his wonder, remarkable willingness to learn, the prejudice he encountered and the way he eventually influenced officials in Japan to open the country, this highly entertaining page-turner."

--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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"Stunning debut novel. 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."

--School Library Journal, starred review

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"Preus mixes fact with fiction in a tale that is at once adventurous, heartwarming, sprawling, and nerve-racking in its depictions of early anti-Asian sentiment. She succeeds in making readers feel every bit as “other” as Manjiro, while showing America at its best and worst through his eyes."

--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"First-time novelist Preus turns the true story of Manjiro into an action-packed boy's adventure tale."

--Horn Book

Synopsis:

When a ship crashes upon the shore of the Isle of Skye, a 14-year-old survivor must continue to fight for his life against the wreckers--a coastal community of murderous people who pillage shipwrecked vessels to feed and cloth themselves and decorate their homes. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a "School Library Journal" Best Book of the Year.

Synopsis:

There was once a village bred by evil. On the barren coast of Cornwall, England, lived a community who prayed for shipwrecks, a community who lured storm-tossed ships to crash upon the sharp rocks of their shore. They fed and clothed themselves with the loot salvaged from the wreckage; dead sailors' tools and trinkets became decorations for their homes. Most never questioned their murderous way of life.

Then, upon that pirates' shore crashed the ship The Isle of Skye. And the youngest of its crew members, 14-year-old John Spencer, survived the wreck. But would he escape the wreckers? This is his harrowing tale.

About the Author

Margi Preus has written many popular plays and picture books for children. She teaches a childrens 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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dragonmist02, April 14, 2007 (view all comments by dragonmist02)
This book is really good, I read the second book first because the book was always out when I went to the library (I didnt know they would hold the books for you), I finally just read The Wreckers, and I wasnt disappointed, dont read the others before this one.

Enjoy.
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fallen0117, February 19, 2007 (view all comments by fallen0117)
this is a good book if u like suspence and the act of escaping. Over all this wasn't a waste of time to read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780440415459
Author:
Lawrence, Iain
Publisher:
Yearling Books
Author:
Preus, Margi
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Family - Parents
Subject:
Parent and child
Subject:
England
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Shipwrecks
Subject:
Survival
Subject:
Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks, etc.
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Subject:
fiction;adventure;historical fiction;ya;england;survival;pirates;sailing;historical;shipwrecks;cornwall;young adult;nautical;shipwreck;children;kids;teen;ships;sea
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
High Seas Trilogy
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
19991131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1.25 in
Age Level:
10-14

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Product details 320 pages Yearling Books - English 9780440415459 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , When a ship crashes upon the shore of the Isle of Skye, a 14-year-old survivor must continue to fight for his life against the wreckers--a coastal community of murderous people who pillage shipwrecked vessels to feed and cloth themselves and decorate their homes. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a "School Library Journal" Best Book of the Year.
"Synopsis" by , There was once a village bred by evil. On the barren coast of Cornwall, England, lived a community who prayed for shipwrecks, a community who lured storm-tossed ships to crash upon the sharp rocks of their shore. They fed and clothed themselves with the loot salvaged from the wreckage; dead sailors' tools and trinkets became decorations for their homes. Most never questioned their murderous way of life.

Then, upon that pirates' shore crashed the ship The Isle of Skye. And the youngest of its crew members, 14-year-old John Spencer, survived the wreck. But would he escape the wreckers? This is his harrowing tale.

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