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Heart of a Samurai

(2010)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Newbery Medal Best Novel (nominee)
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.

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February 2012 : USA Library Binding

Title: Heart of a Samurai
Author(s): Margi Preus
ISBN: 1-61383-377-6 / 978-1-61383-377-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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February 2012 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Heart Of A Samurai (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Margi Preus
ISBN: 0-606-38363-8 / 978-0-606-38363-9 (USA edition)
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August 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Heart of a Samurai
Author(s): Margi Preus
ISBN: 0-8109-8981-6 / 978-0-8109-8981-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
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Paperback Editions

January 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Heart of a Samurai
Author(s): Margi Preus
ISBN: 1-4197-0200-9 / 978-1-4197-0200-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Amulet Paperbacks
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July 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Heart of a Samurai
Author(s): Margi Preus
Publisher: Recorded Books
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July 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Heart of a Samurai
Author(s): Margi Preus
Publisher: Recorded Books
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February 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Heart of a Samurai
Author(s): Margi Preus
Publisher: Amulet Books
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