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Tokoyo, The Samurai's Daughter

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An adventurous girl!

Most noble-born girls of Tokoyo’s age learn to sing, paint, and write poetry.

Not Tokoyo.

She’s the daughter of a samurai in fourteenth century Japan, Tokoyo’s father trains her in the martial arts. When he is away, she escapes to the sea where she works with the Ama—a society of women and girls who dive in the deep waters for food and treasure. But disas
Published May 30th 2017 by Faith L. Justice
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Faith Justice I think this is a different book. Tokoyo is an illustrated middle-grade, chapter book based on a Japanese folktale called "Tale of the Oki Islands."
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Tokoyo is the daughter of a samurai in medieval Japan during the fourteenth-century. When her father is falsely accused of cursing the local Regent Hojo Takatoki and banished to the Oki Islands far away, Tokoyo is determined to find and clear his name.

The story begins with Tokoyo coming up from a long dive of collecting oysters with the Ama, "women of the sea" or pearl divers. Among her catch is a pearl of "great worth," which she gifts to the Ama to thank them for allowing her to dive and trai
Robbie Cheadle
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tokoyo, The Samurai’s Daughter is set in Japan in AD 1319, the third year of Hojo Takatoki’s regency for Shogun Price Morikuni.

Tokoyo’s father is Tokoyo’s whole world. He is also Lord Oribe, the noble samurai, and Tokoyo is the samurai’s daughter. Tokoyo does not have a mother, she died giving birth to Tokoyo’s still-born brother when she was just a baby herself.

Born into a world of privilege, Tokoyo is very aware of the poorer circumstances of those in the village. One of her favourite past tim
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Tokoyo: The Samurai’s Daughter by Faith L. Justice , 101 pgs. GRAPHIC NOVEL. Raggedy Moon Books, 2017. $6.99 Language – G (0 swears, 0 “f”), Mature Content – G; Violence – G;


As the daughter of an honored samurai, Tokoyo has lived a comfortable life with more freedom than others think she should have. Then her father is framed for treason, and Tokoyo is thrown out of her home penniless. Only by using the samurai skills her father taught her does Tokoyo stand a chance to clear his
Bookish Delights
You are immersed in a sea of Japanese culture in the fourteenth century, through a story inspired by the Japanese folktale called "The Tale Of The Oki Islands." Tokoyo, The Samurai's Daughter goes into more depth than the original folktale by really capturing the essence of the Ama, Japanese pearl divers who are usually women, by incorporating them into the story in a way that makes them more prominent. Even the traditional Japanese clothing worn by the Ama is showcased, such as the fundoshi, a ...more
Carina Olsen
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have no idea where to begin with this book. I was asked by the publisher if I wanted to read and review it, and while I don't do that very often, I decided to give this book a try, because it looks pretty awesome and sounded exciting too. I had hoped that this would be an exciting and epic adventure. But it was not. Not even a little bit.

Which is a bit disappointing. My review won't be very long, as this book took me less than an hour to read. It was very short, and not that good either. Givin
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Faith Justice’s book, Tokoyo: The Samurai’s Daughter (2017, Raggedy Moon Books) is an intriguing story featuring a strong female as the central character. Set in 14th Century Japan, the books reads as a combination of historical fiction and fantasy adventure. The chapters are suspenseful and this short chapter book should appeal to “tween age” boys and girls alike. The Author Notes and Cultural Notes at the end of the book are interesting and helpful to the reader in understanding Japanese cultu ...more
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary |
Tokoyo, The Samurai’s Daughter is a middle grade fantasy novel inspired by The Tale of the Oki Islands. It is a swift read that flows like the water that has so large of a presence in it. It was an enjoyable story featuring a young woman who has to be extremely brave and save her father.

I loved that Tokoyo, The Samurai’s Daughter was all about Tokoyo. Her abilities and determination were what carried her through. There was no male figures that interceded to provide help to get her through the di
MC Bailey
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a copy of Tokoyo, The Samurai's Daughter from @kidlitexchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Tokoyo is the end of a long line of Samurais. Her father is well known and respected until one day he is falsely accused of putting a curse on the Emperor. He is banished to an island that is forbidden to have visitors. Tokoyo trains and travels to the island with the help of her friends, Ama ladies, whom Tokoyo has been training with since she was a child. Ama ladies train to ...more
Carro Herdegen
Language – G (0 swears, 0 “f”), Mature Content – G; Violence – G; As the daughter of an honored samurai, Tokoyo has lived a comfortable life with more freedom than others think she should have. Then her father is framed for treason, and Tokoyo is thrown out of her home penniless. Only by using the samurai skills her father taught her does Tokoto stand a chance to clear his name and find the real criminal.
The story of Tokoyo illustrates several Japanese ancient traditions, including samurai honor
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you loved the story of Mulan, this one will take you back...minus the singing, helpful critters, and fireworks. Take one beloved father wrongfully exiled, and one daughter determined to clear his name and see him once again. There are dangers, trials, struggles, surprises, and a whole lot of heart.

I enjoyed the tale told, the traditions shared, and the values celebrated. The only thing I would have changed was the length...I wanted more! A great read for the younger adventurer in your life or
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to KidLitExchange and the publisher/author for providing me with a free copy of this adorable story to read and review.

This is a super quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I always love stories with a kick a** female lead. I think it probably could have been a bit longer with more details but it's worth the read.
Debbie Tanner
This is a nice Japanese folktale with a strong female main character. It would be good to compare this one to a story like the Mountain Meets the Moon, which has a similar feel.
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Faith L. Justice is a science geek and history junkie who writes award-winning novels, short stories, and articles in her historic Brooklyn home. She’s published in venues such as, Writer's Digest, Strange Horizons, The Copperfield Review and Circles in the Hair.

You can read her stories, interviews with famous authors, and sample chapters of her novels at her website . Check out her

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