By Margi Preus
In 1841, a eastern fishing vessel sinks. Its staff is compelled 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 countries, so the staff units off to the USA, studying English at the way.
Manjiro, a fourteen-year-old boy, is curious and desirous to study every thing he can approximately this new tradition. ultimately 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 decades, 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 special place to cajole the shogun to ease open the bounds round Japan; he can even in attaining his not likely dream of changing into a samurai.
Accolades and compliment for Heart of a Samurai
- 2011 Newbery Honor e-book
- New York instances Bestseller
- NPR Backseat publication membership decide
"A excellent biographical novel by way of Margi Preus." -Wall road 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 offers the radical the stable bones of a undying story. Backeted through gritty seafaring episodes—salty and bloody adequate to guarantee us that Preus has performed her research—the book's middle is its heart part, during which Manjiro, allegedly the 1st eastern to set foot in the USA, bargains with the bias and promise of a brand new international. through eastern culture, Manjiro used to be destined to be not more than a humble fisherman, but if his 10-year saga ends, he has turn into lots more."
—Booklist, starred review
"Illustrated with Manjiro's personal pencil drawings as well as different archival fabric and unique paintings from Tamaki, this can be a desirable fictionalized (although significantly trustworthy) retelling of the boy's adventures. shooting his ask yourself, impressive willingness to profit, the unfairness he encountered and how he finally stimulated officers in Japan to open the rustic, this hugely enjoyable page-turner."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Stunning debut novel. Preus areas readers within the younger man's footwear, no matter if he's on a boat or in a jap criminal. Her deftness in writing is clear in poignant scenes, one during which Manjiro realizes the similarities among the japanese and the american citizens and the opposite whilst he reunites together with his jap family."
—School Library Journal, starred review
"Preus mixes truth with fiction in a story that's immediately adventurous, heartwarming, sprawling, and irritating in its depictions of early anti-Asian sentiment. She succeeds in making readers consider each piece as "other" as Manjiro, whereas exhibiting the United States at its most sensible 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 experience tale."