The Sword That Cut the Burning Grass

The Sword That Cut the Burning Grass

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by Dorothy Hoobler, Thomas Hoobler
     
 

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When fourteen-year-old samurai apprentice Seikei is sent on a mission by the shogun, he believes it to be a simple one: convince the fourteen-year-old emperor to resume his ceremonial duties. But then the emperor is kidnapped, and Seikei finds himself in the middle of an elaborate plot to overthrow the shogun. With the help of a mysterious warrior, he must

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When fourteen-year-old samurai apprentice Seikei is sent on a mission by the shogun, he believes it to be a simple one: convince the fourteen-year-old emperor to resume his ceremonial duties. But then the emperor is kidnapped, and Seikei finds himself in the middle of an elaborate plot to overthrow the shogun. With the help of a mysterious warrior, he must rescue the emperor before the sacred sword—said to be unbeatable in battle—falls into the wrong hands. Seikei knows he must succeed, or bloodshed will stain the land.

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In this the fourth samurai mystery by these authors, Seikei, a fourteen-year-old samurai, is sent on an important mission by the shogun: Seikei must convince the young emperor to perform his ceremonial duties. Seikei learns that the boy emperor believes he is not the true emperor, but before Seikei can solve that problem, the emperor is kidnapped, rebellion breaks out against the shogun, and Seikei is being blamed for allowing both disasters to occur. Fortunately, a young woman and a mysterious warrior come to Seikei's aid. The three odd companions set out on a dangerous mission to rescue the emperor and stop the rebellion. Although this riveting book is labeled a mystery, it is also a fascinating historical fiction. Young people will love its fast pace and be drawn into the exotic world of sixteenth century Japan where adolescents take on adult responsibilities and significance. 2005, Penguin, 211 pp., Ages young adult.
—Virginia Beesley
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Another mystery in the series set in 18th-century Japan. Seikei, a 14-year-old samurai apprentice, is eager to prove himself to the shogun. When the 14-year-old emperor refuses to perform his duties, the shogun sends Seikei to talk some sense into him. Along the way, the boy hears of a plot to overthrow the shogun but dismisses it as implausible. When the emperor is later kidnapped, however, Seikei gives some validity to the plot. The authors have written other books featuring this protagonist and this installment may make readers feel as though they're walking into the middle of his story. It is sometimes difficult to keep the names straight and remember who is on which side. However, the action moves quickly and the mystery of the emperor's kidnapping is intriguing. Facets of Japanese history and legend are well integrated and Japanese words are contextually obvious. This book is best suited for fans of the series.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142406892
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
11/02/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
4.99(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler are historians and authors of over sixty books, both fiction and nonfiction, mostly for young readers. They are the authors of the well-loved American Family Album series, including The Japanese American Family Album, which was named a Carter G. Woodson Honor Book in 1997.

The Society for School Librarians International chose their book Showa: The Era of Hirohito for a best book award in 1991, and they have been cited for excellence by the Library of Congress, the Parents' Choice Foundation, Bank Street College, the International Reading Association, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and the New York Public Library. The Hooblers make their home in New York City. They have one daughter and are active in community affairs.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler are historians and authors of over sixty books, both fiction and nonfiction, mostly for young readers. They are the authors of the well-loved American Family Album series, including The Japanese American Family Album, which was named a Carter G. Woodson Honor Book in 1997.

The Society for School Librarians International chose their book Showa: The Era of Hirohito for a best book award in 1991, and they have been cited for excellence by the Library of Congress, the Parents' Choice Foundation, Bank Street College, the International Reading Association, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and the New York Public Library. The Hooblers make their home in New York City. They have one daughter and are active in community affairs.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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