By Margi Preus
In 1841, a eastern fishing vessel sinks. Its team is pressured to swim to a small, unknown island, the place they're rescued by way of a passing American send. Japan's borders stay closed to all Western international locations, so the workforce units off to the USA, studying English at the way.
Manjiro, a fourteen-year-old boy, is curious and desirous to research every thing he can approximately this new tradition. finally the captain adopts Manjiro and takes him to his domestic in New England. The boy lives for it slow in New England, after which heads to San Francisco to pan for gold. After a long time, he makes it again to Japan, basically to be imprisoned as an intruder. together with his hard-won wisdom of the West, Manjiro is in a different place to cajole the shogun to ease open the limits round Japan; he will also in attaining his not going dream of turning into a samurai.
Accolades and compliment for Heart of a Samurai
- 2011 Newbery Honor ebook
- New York instances Bestseller
- NPR Backseat publication membership decide
"A outstanding biographical novel through Margi Preus." -Wall highway Journal
"It's a vintage fish-out-of-water tale (although this fish is going into the water repeatedly), and it's accurately this vintage constitution that provides the unconventional the reliable bones of a undying story. Backeted through gritty seafaring episodes—salty and bloody sufficient to guarantee us that Preus has performed her research—the book's center is its center part, within which Manjiro, allegedly the 1st jap to set foot in the United States, offers with the bias and promise of a brand new global. via eastern culture, Manjiro was once destined to be not more than a humble fisherman, but if his 10-year saga ends, he has develop into a lot more."
—Booklist, starred review
"Illustrated with Manjiro's personal pencil drawings as well as different archival fabric and unique paintings from Tamaki, it is a eye-catching fictionalized (although significantly devoted) retelling of the boy's adventures. taking pictures his ask yourself, notable willingness to profit, the unfairness he encountered and how he finally stimulated officers in Japan to open the rustic, this hugely wonderful page-turner."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Stunning debut novel. Preus locations readers within the younger man's footwear, no matter if he's on a boat or in a jap felony. Her deftness in writing is obvious in poignant scenes, one within which Manjiro realizes the similarities among the japanese and the americans and the opposite whilst he reunites along with his jap family."
—School Library Journal, starred review
"Preus mixes truth with fiction in a story that's immediately adventurous, heartwarming, sprawling, and aggravating in its depictions of early anti-Asian sentiment. She succeeds in making readers think every piece as "other" as Manjiro, whereas exhibiting the United States at its top and worst via his eyes."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"First-time novelist Preus turns the genuine tale of Manjiro into an action-packed boy's event tale."