The Bamboo Sword

The Bamboo Sword

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Set in 1853 in Japan, this novel follows Yoshi, a Japanese boy who dreams of someday becoming a samurai. Unfortunately, as part of the serving class, Yoshi can never become a warrior. He is taken up by Manjiro, the protagonist of Preus's Heart of a Samurai, and becomes his servant and secret watchdog. Meanwhile, Commodore Matthew Perry and his USS Susquehanna squadron of steamships arrive in Edo Bay demanding "diplomatically" that Japan open its ports to foreign trade. Aboard the commodore's flagship is a cabin boy, Jack, who becomes separated from his American companions while on shore. When he and Yoshi cross paths, they set out on a grand adventure to get Jack back to his ship before he is discovered by the shogun's samurai.
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ISBN: 9781613128350
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teli
Mar 26, 2019

This is a great story that intersperses a whole lot of true historical reference about Japan in the mid 1800's. A lot of adventure and heroic virtue is exemplified in the characters. Schools should include this in their literature curriculum.

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ransari
Jul 16, 2016

I love this book! So interesting...
Credit to the author, Margi Preus. I love the story of Yoshi! He is always watching samurai fighting and wants to become one himself. The the Americans come on steamships, and Yoshi wants to fight in a war. There are two perspectives in the story, one of Yoshi and one of Jack the powder monkey. Epic Tale!

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Mar 26, 2019

teli thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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