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Moribito by Nahoko Uehashi
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Apr 19, 2009

really liked it
Read in February, 2009

Fabulous reading for all the Japanese-culture-nerds in your life. Take a 30 year old woman who can throw a shriuken as easily as tying her shoes, give her a callow young prince to take care of, add a pinch of court intrigue, a handful of mythology, and one giant tentacle-spewing monster, and you have Moribito.

Nohoko Uehashi was trained as an anthropologist, and it shows: her story resounds with the kind of complex-yet-weird details that are the stuff of creation myths -- this one involves a giant mollusk that breathes rain -- and most of the plot turns around the way different cultures tell stories. It isn't like anything I've seen in American children's literature before, which is why I'm doubly glad the Batchelder committee picked it as its winner this year.

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