Samurai Summerby Åke Edwardson, Per Carlsson, Nick Podehl
This summer at camp a camp for kids who are not wanted at home Kenny and his friends need all the samurai cunning and strength they can muster. They have declared a war between themselves and the
Tommy has given himself a new name Kenny from the Japanese ken, meaning sword. It’s a good samurai name. A warrior’s name.
This summer at camp a camp for kids who are not wanted at home Kenny and his friends need all the samurai cunning and strength they can muster. They have declared a war between themselves and the camp’s sadistic overseer, Matron, and her adult son, Christian, who secretly stalks one of the girls. Covertly building a samurai castle in the woods, Kenny and his motley band of warriors strategize their attack and eventual escape.
But then things go horribly wrong.
How Kenny and the others find the will and strength they need to stand up for one another, for themselves, and for what’s right is the heart of this dramatic, unforgettable story. Readers will be forever changed by Kenny’s samurai summer the summer he recaptures his dreams and learns the cost of truth.
Gr 5–8—Edwardson's tale (Skyscape, 2013) has been translated from the Swedish by Per Carlsson, but listeners won't notice the foreign venue except for some unusual names. Twelve-year-old Kenny is at a camp for poor kids where the food is awful and the counselors are unfriendly. A self-schooled student of Japanese warriors, he leads a troop of samurai building a castle in the woods. Kenny is a hero coming of age, full of compassion and reckless pride. His troop is at war not only with a rival gang but also with the grown-ups, especially Matron. Kenny befriends Kerstin, a clever and funny girl, when she's upset after her parents visit. They are building a cautious friendship, but then Matron's son does something that causes Kerstin to run away. What begins as a typical tale of camp angst turns into a tense stand-off. Nick Podehl does an outstanding job voicing all the characters, from Sausage, Kenny's cowed protégé, to Matron, the evil authority figure. Upbeat music bookends each CD. This is a great listen for boys, especially those who hated being sent to summer camp. The plot has tension, depth, and a champion worth cheering for.—C.A. Fehmel, St. Louis County Library, MO
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- 6.50(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 - 17 Years
Meet the Author
Åke Edwardson is a Swedish author of novels, short stories, plays, detective fiction, and is a three-time winner of the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy Award for best crime novel. Set in Sweden in the early 1960s, Samurai Summer is Edwardson’s first novel for teens.
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Samurai Summer is a coming of age story set in a Swedish Summer Camp in the 60s. Kenny is the main character, who is 12 years old and will be too old to return to the camp after this, his final summer. Kenny considers himself a samurai and is the leader of his group of friends who are his samurai in training. There is a war going on between the kids and the adults who run the camp, and Kenny and his friends are determined to win. As the story transpires, tension builds along with foreshadowing, reeling the reader in for the grand finale.