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

Author: Margi Preus
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
"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."--Title page verso.
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Newbery Medal: Honor book
Adventure fiction
Dust jackets (Bindings)
Juvenile works
Biographical fiction
Adventure and adventurers
Juvenile fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Preus, Margi.
Heart of a samurai.
New York : Amulet Books, 2010
Named Person: Manjirō Nakahama; Manjirō Nakahama; Manjirō Nakahama; Manjirō Nakahama; Manjirō Nakahama
Material Type: Fiction, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margi Preus
ISBN: 9780810989818 0810989816 9780329859664 0329859668
OCLC Number: 503005651
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.
Notable Book for a Global Society award winner, 2011
Asian/Pacific American Literature Award Honor, Children's Literature Winner, 2010-2011
Target Audience: 760
Description: 301 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: pt. I. The unknown : The storm ; The samurai of Bird Island --
pt. II. The barbarians : The John Howland ; The hunt ; Oil ; Disappointment ; Ship life ; The invitation ; Seven breaths ; Dancer! --
Thieves and murderers : Sailing away ; Treasure ; The hour of the dog --
pt. III. The new world : New Bedford and Fairhaven ; Samurai farm boy ; Fitting in ; School ; Victory without fighting ; The challenge ; Fall down seven times ; The race ; Love ; The May basket ; The Cooper's --
pt. IV. Returning : The Franklin ; Whistling up a wind ; A moment ; The sea turtle ; Sailing close to the wind ; The Harpooner ; The whale ; Tori ; The daguerreotype ; The gold fields --
pt. V. Home : Between two worlds ; Spies! ; The Daimyo ; Nagasaki ; The road home ; The samurai --
Responsibility: Margi Preus.


A Japanese fishing vessel in 1841 sinks and its crew is rescued by a passing American ship. Our hero is Manjiro, a 14 year old boy, is adopted by the captain of the western ship. Eventually he makes  Read more...
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