Newbery Medal Honoree: Heart of a Samurai
By Margi Preus
Amulet Books, 2010. ISBN-10: 0810989816
Suitable for Grade 5 and up
In 1841, a freak storm washes Manjiro, a 14-year-old Japanese boy, and his fishing companions onto a tiny island far from home. When an American whaleboat captain rescues them and offers Manjiro the chance to return home with him, he accepts the offer. Discover how Manjiro, who was once destined to be no more than a humble fisherman, returns to Japan and becomes a samurai.