The Bamboo Sword

Author(s): Margi Preus

Young Adult

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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Margi Preus is the author of the acclaimed novels West of the Moon, Shadow on the Mountain, and Newbery Honor-winner Heart of a Samurai. She also writes and cowrites plays, sketches, and adaptations for theater. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

Margi Preus is the author of the acclaimed novels West of the Moon, Shadow on the Mountain, and Newbery Honor-winner Heart of a Samurai. She also writes and cowrites plays, sketches, and adaptations for theater. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

General Fields

  • : 9781419708244
  • : ABRAMS
  • : Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
  • : September 2016
  • : 210mm X 140mm
  • : United States
  • : November 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 813.6
  • : 368
  • : Archival images throughout
  • : Margi Preus
  • : Paperback