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3.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 5 3.63 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margi Preus Narrator: James Yaegashi Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781461804352
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Preus mixes fact with fiction in a tale that is at once adventurous, heartwarming, sprawling, and nerve-racking.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With superior pacing and crisp pronunciation of Japanese names and words, Yaegashi creates an engaging listening experience. The action-filled scenes aboard whaling ships, as well as the everyday experiences on the farm in America, will hold listeners’ attention.”

    School Library Journal

  • A 2010 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the Autumn 2010 Kids' Indie Next List
  • A 2011 Newbery Honor Book

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 10/11/2011

    " winner of a newbery honor metal - Based on the true story of a Japanese boy. I enjoyed it but probably wouldn't read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zara | 10/3/2011

    " Really good middle school book. Boys and girls loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 9/17/2011

    " As a history major, definitely approve this historical fiction based on true events :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lanny | 8/21/2011

    " it's okay but kind of boring in the middle-in the end there is not enough information too about the war ... It also didn't tell why they are fighting , who won and what manjiro did during the war -it was just adventurous-that's why I gave 3 stars > <
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ghostlibrarian | 8/12/2011

    " A very good book about an important a man who helped make a difference in Japan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krystal | 7/21/2011

    " 3.5 stars. Another Newbery Honor this year. Amazing true story of the first Japanese man to see America. I think this would be an awesome book to use in the classroom, and I enjoyed it. It just wasn't my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marsha | 7/21/2011

    " An excellent adventure enhanced by being based on a true story. A wonderful read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ally | 2/21/2011

    " Newbery honor book this year. Really liked it...spurred me to read more about the real man this book was based on.


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About the Author
Author Margi Preus

Margi Preus is a children’s book author and playwright. Her first novel for young people, Heart of a Samurai, was named a 2011 Newbery Honor Book, an ALSC Notable Book, and a recipient of the Asian Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature, among other honors. Her picture books include Celebritrees; Historic and Famous Trees of the World, winner of the 2013 Flicker Tale Award.

About the Narrator

James Yaegashi has appeared in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions, film, and television roles. He was also a popular radio disc jockey in Japan. He is a four-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for audiobook narration, and his voice-over credits include a featured role in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.