The Revenge of the Forty-Seven Samurai

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In the time when the Shogun ruled Japan, two hundred samurai suffered a grave insult—their master met an unjust death. Forty-seven of them are courageous enough to avenge him. Jiro is a lowly servant to one of the brave samurai. Chosen as his master’s unlikely spy during the planning of the great revenge, Jiro must learn when to talk and when to listen, or at any moment he could lose his head to a samurai’s razor-sharp sword. And even as Jiro plays his small part in the unfolding plot, he searches for the truth ...
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Overview


In the time when the Shogun ruled Japan, two hundred samurai suffered a grave insult—their master met an unjust death. Forty-seven of them are courageous enough to avenge him. Jiro is a lowly servant to one of the brave samurai. Chosen as his master’s unlikely spy during the planning of the great revenge, Jiro must learn when to talk and when to listen, or at any moment he could lose his head to a samurai’s razor-sharp sword. And even as Jiro plays his small part in the unfolding plot, he searches for the truth about his own identity.

A fourteen-year-old serving boy finds himself surrounded by suspicion and betrayal as his master gathers a group of samurai to avenge Lord Asano's death.

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Sixteenth-century Japan: Lord Asano, a samurai master, is unjustly killed. His 200 samurai are bound by their code to avenge him, but only 45 brave warriors rise to occasion. In this gripping historical novel, 14-year-old servant boy Jiro spies for his master as the samurai plot the great revenge.
Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
In this well researched historical novel set in feudal Japan, 14 year old Jiro, must become "like a fly on the wall", or spy for his master, one of the brave but doomed 47 samurai who plot to avenge the unjust death of their lord. Jiro's tenuous relationships with various samurai, who range in character from noble and courageous to cruel and foolish, plus his encounters with other classes of people of the time, including other servants, actors and women of the Floating World, are well developed and convincing. Young readers should be able to appreciate Jiro's adventures and will to survive in a very precarious time and situation.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-12-Jiro, a servant in 18th-century Japan, relates the revenge his master and 46 others take on the man who caused their lord's death. Along the way, Jiro discovers the secret of his parentage and determines what career he is to follow. Haugaard's story is long-winded and tediously slow, with numerous digressions, much philosophizing, and annoying repetition. Despite an introductory preface and list of characters, the book is often confusing. Many terms aren't defined in context, and there is no glossary or pronunciation guide. The bright, intriguing cover and catchy title will probably attract readers, but few will endure past the preliminary chapters. Katherine Paterson does a superior job evoking 18th-century Japan in The Master Puppeteer (Crowell, 1976), which tells of another Jiro, a puppeteer's apprentice, in a gripping, well-written story. For an exciting samurai adventure, use Lensey Namioka's fast-moving series featuring Zenta and Matsuzo, including Island of Ogres (HarperCollins, 1989). Haugaard's The Samurai's Tale (Houghton, 1984), though more subdued than these other titles, is also preferable to his newest offering.-Ann W. Moore, Guilderland Public Library, NY
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"The story. . . is a true one, based on a historical event still commemorated in Japan. The characterizations are memorable, and the fabric of daily life, woven so carefully into the tale, is easily absorbed." Booklist, ALA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618548965
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 242
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author


Erik Haugaard was born in Denmark and has traveled extensively in the United States, Italy, Spain, and Japan. Called "a writer gifted in the art of the storyteller" by the BOSTON GLOBE, he is internationally known for his accomplishments as a playwright, poet, and translator. He has won critical acclaim for his books for young readers, including A BOY'S WILL, THE UNTOLD TALE, and CROMWELL'S BOY.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2006

    Have not read it yet

    Though I have not read this book yet I expect it to be great. Every one of Erik Christian Haugaard's books have never ben beneath my expectations.

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