Heart of a Samurai

  • by Margi Preus
  • Narrated by James Yaegashi
  • 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Praised as “a timeless tale” by Booklist in a starred review, this Newbery Honor book by Margi Preus explores the cultural divide between the East and West circa 1841. When Manjiro, a Japanese teenager, is thrown from his fishing boat during a storm, he’s rescued by an American whaling ship. Befriending the ship’s captain, Manjiro decides to travel with the crew to Massachusetts. But years later, when Manjiro attempts to return to his homeland, he’s imprisoned as an outsider.


What the Critics Say

“Preus mixes fact with fiction in a tale that is at once adventurous, heartwarming, sprawling, and nerve-racking ...." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Wonderful !

I really enjoyed this book !! The reader really brought this amazing story to life , I look forward to the next book !
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- Kimberly

a beautiful story of the first Japanese boy in Ame

Would you consider the audio edition of Heart of a Samurai to be better than the print version?


What other book might you compare Heart of a Samurai to and why?

Hemingway's Green Hills of Africa

Which character – as performed by James Yaegashi – was your favorite?


If you could take any character from Heart of a Samurai out to dinner, who would it be and why?

John.it would be interesting to hear how his thoughts progressedfrom childhood to adult

Any additional comments?

the fantastic story about the early history of Japan and America

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- Marc

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-25-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books