Please browse here to find books that I think are worth your time.... or are real stinkers. I will let you know what I REALLY think of what I am reading. You might not find the newest and most popular books here, but I would LOVE it if you find something unexpectedly great!

I will indicate on each post the Lexile level of the book.
To find out more about Lexile levels, go HERE.

Use the labels list on the right side of the screen to find a title about something you are interested in. You can also search by Lexile levels.

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Heart of a Samurai

By Margi Preus
Lexile = 760

I did NOT expect to like this book. But, it was just awarded the Newbery Honor, so I had to read it.

Heart of a Samurai is about a shipwrecked Japanese fishing boat that is "rescued" by an American Whaling boat. The crew then sails off. They cannot return to Japan because at this time (the 1800's) any foreigner caught by Japan is killed. Also, any Japanese people that have been with foreigners are also killed.

Manjiro is a 14-year-old boy that is taken aboard the whaling vessel. All the other Japanese keep to themselves, but Manjiro learns English and becomes friends with the captain. In time, he actually goes home with the captain as his "son" to America.

The story isn't over there. Manjiro's story fills this book and the book covers nearly his whole life. I learned so much about Japan, history, and even whaling. I really liked this book!

No comments: