The Bamboo Sword

  • by Margi Preus
  • Narrated by James Yaegashi
  • 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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' 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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Customer Reviews

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Great sequel

This is a great sequel to the heart of a samurai, which is also an amazing book. This is short and sweet, almost the opposite of the previous book. A great listen.
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- Sandman


This book has a mixture of action smartness and working together. I recommend this book
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- Rain city mom

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-15-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books