Heart of A Samurai

Heart of A Samurai

Based on the True Story of Nakahama Manjiro

eBook - 2011
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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Abrams : Made available through hoopla, 2011
ISBN: 9781613120088
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Jul 12, 2017

This book is inspiring and has a very important message. It is about never giving up, effort and encouragement. I really enjoyed this book, since it is based on a true story.

nathanielsoria Apr 11, 2017

In this slice of old history not many of us know about, Preus writes an amazing story about a young Japanese boy lost at sea, who finds the bravery to explore onward and into a new world: North America. It's stunning all the young boy goes through in order to get there. His resilience was amazing. I found myself wondering why this story isn't well known. Its message hits home with current racial issues– the young Japanese boy adjustments to being one of the first Japanese to set foot on United States soil. He's met with both adversity and sometimes kindness. And yet he overcomes and does more than anyone could've ever expected. Preus does a great job of both sharing historical context and information, while still being a great storyteller– you come to love the young hero as he meets a lot of interesting characters along the way. It's worth every minute of reading. I highly recommend.

Jul 18, 2016

This book is says an Important message, and is very exciting

Feb 29, 2016

A lovely piece of historical fiction and truly an inspirational book.

Jun 12, 2012

This is a good piece of historical fiction for teens, written with a young protagonist that teens can relate to.

Sep 05, 2011

I really loved this book even though it was kinda slow i absoloutely loved one of my favourite non-fiction books


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