Heart of a samurai: based on the true story of Manjiro Nakahama

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English
Reading Level:
IL: MG - BL: 5.4 - AR Pts: 8
Lexile measure:
760L
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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 *STARRED REVIEW* "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 *STARRED REVIEW* "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
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ISBN:
9780810989818
9781419702006
Reading Level:
MG
Level 5.4, 8 Points
Lexile measure:
760L
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subject_facet Adventure stories, Juvenile
Japan -- Fiction
Japan -- Juvenile fiction
Japan -- Relations -- United States -- Juvenile fiction
Japan. -- Relations -- United States -- Fiction
Japanese -- Fiction
Japanese -- Juvenile fiction
Japanese -- United States -- Fiction
Japanese -- United States -- Juvenile fiction
Nakahama, Manjiråo, -- 1827-1898 -- Fiction
Nakahama, Manjiråo, -- 1827-1898 -- Juvenile fiction
Nakahama, Manjirō, -- 1827-1898 -- Juvenile fiction
Newbery honor book -- 2011
Samurai -- Fiction
Samurai -- Juvenile fiction
United States -- Fiction
United States -- Juvenile fiction
United States -- Relations -- Japan -- Juvenile fiction
United States. -- Relations -- Japan -- Fiction
Whaling -- Fiction
Whaling -- Juvenile fiction
Whaling. -- Fiction
title_display Heart of a samurai : based on the true story of Manjiro Nakahama
title_full Heart of a samurai : based on the true story of Manjiro Nakahama / Margi Preus
title_short Heart of a samurai :
title_sub based on the true story of Manjiro Nakahama
topic_facet Adventure stories, Juvenile
Japanese
Nakahama, Manjiråo
Nakahama, Manjirō
Newbery honor book
Relations
Samurai
Whaling