Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Story Books
The Boy and the Samurai

The Boy and the Samurai

Fall 1991 Story Books
Ages: 9 - 12 yrs.
Author: Erik C. Haugaard
ISBN: 0395563984
Hardcover Price: $16.00
Orphaned and on his own by the age of five, Saru manages to survive the wretched existence of a homeless child in feudal Japan through a combination of cunning and luck. In his misery, he has two friends - a small tabby called "Neko," meaning "cat," and the kindly old priest of a small Shinto shrine who ultimately takes him in. When a despairing Samurai begins to visit the shrine he becomes friends with the boy and the priest and gradually reveals that his wife is being held hostage in the local warlord's castle. The uneducated but streetwise boy formulates a successful plan for rescuing her. This protagonist is one well-drawn boy with uncommon common sense and, miraculously, humor. The setting is authentic, the book finely crafted.
Review   ©1991 Parents' Choice

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