Young Samurai The Way of the Warrior
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Young Samurai The Way of the Warrior (Young Samurai #1)

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Washed up on the shores of a mysterious land known to the British as the Japan, twelve-year-old Jack Fletcher is wounded and left for dead.

His father, the navigator of their now shipwrecked vessel, and the entire crew have been slaughtered by ninja pirates. Jack's last remaining possession is his father's rutter, an invaluable book of maps and notes on the world's uncharte
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Paperback, 360 pages
Published February 16th 2010 by Disney-Hyperion (first published 2008)
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Newengland
I wish I were the first to notice, but alas, it's obvious and has been noted by others -- author Chris Bradford was channeling Harold Potter when he wrote this book. Replace orphan Harry with orphan Jack Fletcher, moving from Muggle Land to Wizardry with moving from England to feudal Japan (thanks to a shipwreck). In place of Dumbledore, insert Masamoto, Master Samurai, and swap Hogwarts for Niten Ichi Ryu, a venerable school populated not with good and evil professors but with good and evil sen...more
e.c.h.a
Seorang bocah Inggris, Jack Fletcher, berusia 12 tahun, anak dari nahkoda kapal "Alexandria" John Fletcher. Yang karena keadaan harus bertahan hidup di negeri asing bernama Jepang.

Jack, beruntung diselamatkan oleh Keluarga Samurai di daerah Toba, Masamoto. Dalam lingkungan Masamoto lha, Jack belajar banyak. Belajar menjadi seorang samurai dan belajar memahami kehidupan.

Cerita dalam buku ini gampang sekali ditebak bagaimana akhirnya. Tapi itu tak menyurutkan saya untuk melanjutkan membacanya. Pe...more
The Styling Librarian
The Way of the Warrior by Chris Bradford - Young Samurai Series - This felt like quite the well researched book filled with philosophy in an approachable manner. I really appreciated the perspectives on different cultures shared in the book and actually marked chapter 8 as the perfect chapter to read aloud to introduce world awareness and developing cultural respect and understanding, even when you don't understand what you're doing initially. In another portion of the book, chapter 15, I loved...more
Claire
Set in the early 1600's this tale tells of Jack, at sea with his father a navigator before maps are generally available and Jack's dad's notebook, called a rutter is violently pursued, leaving Jack an orphan on the coast of Japan. He is taken into the home of a samurai where he slowly learns Japanese and the mysterious ways of his new land. Intrigue imperils Jack as he attempts to make his way. There is a great deal about honor, grief, jealousy, despair, and redemption. Sometimes didactic yet th...more
Beverly
May 13, 2011 Beverly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 11-14 year olds
Recommended to Beverly by: indiebound.org nextlist
Okay, so the Young Samurai is Harry Potter with an historical setting and a couple hundred fewer pages. YA readers won't care. The story is every adventure loving kid's fantasy. Set in Shogun era Japan of the late 1500's, Jack is a rigging monkey on his father's ship. When the ship is attacked by pirates, Jack ends up in the Sea of Japan, is rescued by a samurai and sent to an elite samurai training sshool. Of course, it turns out the pirate attack wasn't random, Jack has something the pirates a...more
Mary
Oct 19, 2011 Mary marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
From Booklist
In 1611, a British merchant ship bound for “the Japans” is attacked by ninjas, and the lone survivor, 12-year-old Jack Fletcher, is taken into the home of a revered samurai. After dispensing with Jack’s initial sense of being lost in a new culture, the story dives directly into what teenaged boys will be looking for: fighting, and lots of it. The action comes fast, and Bradford writes with the authority of a black belt—which he happens to be—and a genuine respect for the subject. Th...more
Fred Kirchner
Disney is putting a lot of money into this book. My guess is they're seeing the potential to assume the power vacuum left vacant by the demise of Potter.

And why not compare this book to Potter? it's got an orphaned protagonist (Jack Fletcher) in a foreign land, exotic locales, and a school setting full of beauty and danger, history and magic. it's also got an evil antagonist that killed Jack's father.

Another reason for the Potter comparison: Young Samurai is freakin' awesome! Poisoned shirukens...more
Gareth
I felt that this book was a real attention grabber that hooked me from the very first page. The book is about a boy - Jack Fletcher- who has a sense of adventure, but like any good adventure crisis strikes. Jack then finds himself in an entirely different world where he struggles to fit in and survive long enough to find a way to get back to his sister. Things get even more crazy and a renowned Samurai takes him in as his apprentice, and he has to use the skills that he learns to save his life a...more
Jordan
A good book and an interesting look into feudal Japanese culture. I liked the characters and the action. The setting was interesting although I imagine that this is one that is going to develop in later books as Jack's skills develop.

This was obviously written for younger readers and the writing style seems like it will keep them gripped and entertained. I wasn't fond of some of the Japanese terminology, I like how this might increase their interest and knowledge of Japanese culture and persona...more
Angelic Zaizai

satu lagi buku berbau samurai yang ditulis oleh orang bule.. :D

menyenangkan bacanya, ada samurai, ada ninja, ada anak jahil tukang gencet sesama murid, ada anak bule yang belajar jadi samurai

suka deh..
paling lucu di sini digambarin, orang bule (inggris) males mandi karena
dianggap bisa bikin sakit.. jadinya si Jack dipaksa2 mandi karena bauu hihihi

Tammy Huynh
Chris Bradford had started out an amazing series with an amazing book! I personally loved it because of all the action and all that was being told. I literally fell in love with this series once I finished with, 'The Ring of Sky' I really think that there should be a sequel!
Mary Claire
This was a good book over all, but I had to read over 200 pages before I started to like it. After the 200 pages went by, though, the book got consistently better and I think I will read the others books in the series.
Daniel P
I believe the main idea of Young Samurai, Way of the Warrior is that when you lose almost everything you have, hope is still the most important thing. The story takes place in the 1600’s starting at 1609 and 1611. Almost the entire story took place in Japan, which they called the Japans. In the beginning, the story takes place on Jack’s father’s merchant ship, where dark shadows led by Dragon Eye slaughter all of the crewmembers except for Jack. After the dark shadows left, Jack was the only on...more
Katherine
Jack Fletcher, bocah Inggris 12 tahun, sadar bahwa ia terjebak di negeri asing, dengan satu-satunya anggota keluarganya berada jauh di Inggris. Ia juga sadar, jalan satu-satunya adalah dengan turut menjadi samurai di Jepang di bawah bimbingan Masamoto.

Buku ini mungkin tampak biasa pada awalnya. Kau dapat menebak bagaimana akhir dari beberapa adegan di buku. Tetapi, Chris Bradford secara mengejutkan dapat membuat hal yang mudah ditebak untuk tetap bersuasana menegangkan, dan tetap mempertahankan...more
Jake
It was an extremely good book. I liked how adventure was always around the corner. I liked that the main characters are daring and always ready for a fight.
Yami
a little bit cheesy, and the events are some how predictable, felt like one of the shounen anime, yet i LIKED IT.

The narrating was simple, brief,clear and more importantly direct to the point ,with no unnecessary lines to make the book thicker;that made up for the-not really original- plot, the touch of the Japanese words was nicely done, making it more appealing.

the narrating made it easily imaginable , you could really see it in your head even with sound, and be lost within it, I guess that wa...more
Kimberly
This is a book I'm excited to read with my kids when they are old enough. There is enough action to keep them interested, and enough moral teaching about the "Bushido" or way of the warrior, to make the story worthwhile.

I'm not usually a huge fan of coming of age stories as they tend to be redundant and cliche, but this was a very good one. The main character, Jack, is forced to discover truths about himself on a far deeper level due to the fact that he is in a strange country alone. There's no...more
Maryam
I think the comments I made before while reading it explained how I love this book!

It was amazing, unique and creative. I don't know what I expected exactly before reading it but I knew this was a good choice!

JUST LOOK AT THE COVER!! IT'S AMAZING!!! I love looking at it!

I also LOVED that it has really amazing quotes! I read them over and over again. And I'm glad I was familiar with many of the words used a lot in the book that are related to martial arts such as: Dojo, Kiai, Gi, Kata and some ot...more
Brian
I was looking for something light to read that was not cop, war or zombie related and I came across this book, which fit the bill nicely.

The first third of the book was Shogun watered-down and the rest was original enough to keep the story enjoyable. I saw the comparisons to Harry Potter and I agree to a certain extent, but there is really only so much material to mine when it comes to kid-appropriate literature, so comparisons are inevitable.

I will definitely read more of this series and will...more
Martín Alvarez heymann
The book in and of itself was fun. BUT...I can't seem to stop thinking about James Clavell's Shogun...the "similarity" is just too much...The Dutch East India Company ship that wrecks on the shores of Nippon islands and the Englishman who slowly learns japanese, becomes Hatamoto (or Samurai in this case)..the native love interest..its just too much..

Even some of the dialogue is exactly the same (the portuguese Jesuit priest saying "you will hang by your own tongue"..)

Still, the book was fun in a...more
Birgitte Bach
Fantastisk drengerøvs eventyrbog, lige præcis sådan nogle jeg elskede at læse da jeg var teenager. Jack rejser med sin far, der er navigatør, som de første englændere med handelsskib til Japan. Lige før de når deres mål lider de skibsbrud og de besætning medlemmer der overlever, bliver dræbt af onde Ninja-pirater. Ja, ikke det lyder bare godt! Jack bliver hårdt såret reddet af Samuraien Masamoto og skal nu lære de japanske skikke, sprog og lære at være Samurai, samtidig med han søger hævn over d...more
The Styling Librarian
The Way of the Warrior by Chris Bradford – Young Samurai Series - This felt like quite the well researched book filled with philosophy in an approachable manner. I really appreciated the perspectives on different cultures shared in the book and actually marked chapter 8 as the perfect chapter to read aloud to introduce world awareness and developing cultural respect and understanding, even when you don’t understand what you’re doing initially. In another portion of the book, chapter 15, I loved...more
Aoife
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Neil
I read this in support of an upcoming teen book group. I think the book is a bit plot heavy for that environment. I'm not sure the guys are going to be able to find much to discuss about it, but just for reading, I think it's a great little book.

The story follows Jack, a 12-year-old English kid in 1609, serving on a ship where his father is the pilot, one of the first English ships to round the Cape and head east to Japan, competing with the Portuguese and Dutch for trade.

Sadly, in the first cha...more
Brian
The Young Samurai books are aimed at the same audience, more or less, as Harry Potter. They are adventure stories, involving a 12+ year old boy thrust into an alien culture and a challenging new school, experience conflicts both with some fellow students and outside antagonists.

That's about where the parallels end. Bradford is a good writer, deeply familiar with Japanese customs and martial arts, and can draw on real 16th century Japanese culture for the background of his books (how many young...more
Jianne
This book is really really famous among my classmates, mostly boys. Though I'm not into Historical Fiction. But because I'm also into the Japanese culture I've decided to give it a try. And I really liked it.

Thoughts,

` I absolutely love Japanese culture! And I think that it reflected very well here, it's presented very clearly here.
` I love the fighting. YES! It was just kick-ass. The samurai fighting!
` I love the Kaijutsu, the Geri and the Zuki.
` I learned a lot of new things about the Japense...more
Randy Daugherty
Jack Fletcher orphaned when his father was killed while protecting him from pirates, not just any pirates but Ninja's when the ship was stranded off the cost of Japan. Rescued by a scarred warrior, he is taken into his home and his arm set.
He finds his savior is Masamoto, a great warrior and teacher of the Samurai in the way of Bushido, the Warrior's Way.So along with his friends Akiko, Yamato,under the guidance of their Sensei's they start their training on the way to becoming true Samurai!

Chr...more
Resti  Triyuliandha
jadi, beli buku ini gara gara lagi obral. biasalah yah :) Selain itu gara gara ada short review dari Eoin Colfer, penulis buku si anak jenius Artemis Fowl yang bilang kalo buku ini menarik. Beli deh bukunya. Sejak awal Tahun lalu kalo gak salah. Baru di buka beberapa hari yang lalu soalnya pas mampir lagi ke obral buku murah di Gramed ada buku duanya. Jadi mumpung ada buku satu, kenapa gak beli lanjutannya aja. Hehe.

Pas lagi bosen, baru dibuka segelnya buat dibaca. Awalnya sempet tersendat sih,...more
Margo Tanenbaum
In this swashbuckling adventure story by first-time British author Chris Bradford, we meet young Jack Fletcher, 12, who finds himself alone in Japan in 1609 when all his shipmates, including his father, are killed by ninja pirates. At this time the Portuguese were the only Westerners who had found the route to Japan, and Jack manages to salvage from the ship his father’s rutter, which contains all the ocean charts, an incredibly valuable resource for whoever has the rutter in his possession. Mir...more
Lyrical
I'm going to come straight out and say I'm immensely excited to be reviewing the Young Samurai books, this is a massive undertaking for me because these books are the only books so far that have come close to stirring in me the same feelings that Harry Potter did so I want to do them justice. So, I'm getting the spurting on about how much I love the books over right now so you might actually get to read about why, to me, The Way Of The Warrior is such a great book. Here we go: I LOVE YOUNG SAMUR...more
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Chris is the author of the award-winning Young Samurai series. Young Samurai is an action-adventure martial arts trilogy for readers aged 10 plus. The first book in the series, The Way of the Warrior, was released to great acclaim in August 2008. Young Samurai 2: The Way of the Sword was released in July 2009. Young Samurai 3: The Way of the Dragon is being published by Puffin in March 2010.
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