Heart of a Samurai
by Margi Preus
This true story (in novel form) is a fascinating read both for children and adults. It's a story of courage, adventure, family, determination, and friendship. The book if full of action, and the story moves along quickly, but there are also plenty of tender scenes, and even a few that produce tears. It would be a great read-aloud for families to enjoy together. I really enjoyed it. In fact, I was surprised to find I had a hard time putting it down!
There are a couple of scenes of mild violence involving 19th century whaling practices, and a couple of scenes of bullying/fighting, but nothing graphic or intense. There is no offensive language.
Recommended for: Ages 10 to adult