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The bamboo sword

Author: Margi Preus
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Elementary and junior high school : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
In Japan in 1853, at the time of U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry's visit to Japan, Yoshi, a young Japanese boy who dreams of becoming a samurai one day, learns about America from Majiro and has adventures with Jack, a young cabin boy aboard one of the U.S. ships. Includes historical notes and glossary.
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Genre/Form: Adventure stories
Sea stories
Juvenile works
Action and adventure fiction
Historical fiction
Juvenile fiction
Named Person: Manjirō Nakahama; Matthew Calbraith Perry; Matthew Calbraith Perry; Manjirō Nakahama; Matthew Calbraith Perry; Nakahama, Manjir<U+014d>,; Matthew Calbraith Perry
Material Type: Elementary and junior high school, Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margi Preus
ISBN: 9781419708077 1419708074 1419708244 9781419708244
OCLC Number: 965588844
Awards: A Junior Library Guild Selection.
Description: 335 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Part one: water; Black dragons belching smoke; Throwing rocks at the sun; Aboard the Susquehanna; The armor; The fight; The waterfront, town of Uraga; The comet; The steaming teapot; Edo; Brush verses sword; The salesman; The letter from the president; Inside the treaty house; The chase; Leaving Japan --
Part two: earth; The Tokaido; At the public bath; A frog jumps in; Yoshi the bodyguard; In the shogun's castle; The stableboy; Kiku; Lassoing; Evening; At the soba shop; Yoshi the spy --
Part three: wind; Jack aloft; Hanagawa; Gifts; The lark; Angry ronin; Over the precipice --
Part four: fire; Carrying fire on your back; The disguise; Feet; The gifts; Baseball; In the shogun's castle --
Part five: air; The assignment; A wasp stinging a weeping face; The cook's knife; Winning without a sword; Under the blossoms; "Oh! Susanna."
Responsibility: Margi Preus.


The exciting historical fiction novel by award-winning author Margi Preus about a young Japanese boy who dreams of becoming a samurai, now in paperback.  Read more...
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"Middle-grade readers eager for adventure with a solid grounding in history will be enchanted."--Booklist "Bringing life to historical events not often addressed in children's literature, this rich, Read more...

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