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De weg van de krijger

(Young Samurai #1)

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De Engelse Jack Fletcher (12) wordt in 1611 bij de kust van Japan als enige overlevende van zijn schip gered door Samoerai Masamoto Takeshi. Op diens school wordt hij opgeleid in de 'Weg van de Krijger'. Vanaf ca. 14 jaar.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 2009 by De Boekerij (first published August 8th 2008)
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Khurram
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, an epic story. I bought this for my 9 year old son who has a tast for reading. As soon as he finished it he immediately asked for the next book. When he sprinted through that one as well I thought I should see what the book is about. Growing up in the 80 with movies like American Ninja (the fact that Jack Fletcher is British simply made the book better for me), the book did have a bit of a nostalgic feel to it. However I did not think that the story have such a high level of authenti ...more
Ken
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-in-2011, ya
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
Kyle
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

When I first heard about this book, I was like, “WOW talk about a fantasy I’ve had. I so have to read this book!” It sure wasn’t a disappointment either. It’s not very often I find a book that I just can’t put down. Right from the start I was invested in the main character, Jack Fletcher. The whole story and how Jack behaved I could so relate to. So many times in YA novels you read something and go “yeah right! No 12 year old would react like that.” I never felt like that while reading this book

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Jerome Lim
May 13, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
English boy shipwrecks in Japan get taken in by a Samurai family and learns Kubodo, this should have been right up my street! The only problem is that it's been done before and so much better!

For anyone who has not read James Clavell's Shōgun you will enjoy this as an easy interesting read, but for those of you who have, this will be a poor lackluster copy that boarders on plagiarism!

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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
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Asamii
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
The beginning did not grab me immediately and I was prioritising other books over this one but I do admit that I was hooked after few chapters . Since I'm a fan of Japan , this book was really entertaining since it revolves around Japan's traditions and cultures !
Im really grateful for my friend who lend me this book . I might buy the rest of the trilogy :3
Shuk Pakhi
সময়টা ১৬১১ খরিসটাবদ, শুধু পরতুগীজ বণিকরাই জানে কিভাবে সমুদরপথে ইউরোপ থেকে জাপানে পৌঁছানো যায়। একজন ইংরেজও এই পথের হদিস জানে তার নাম জন ফলেচার। সে আলেকজানদরিয়া নামক একটি বাণিজয জাহাজকে পথ দেখিয়ে নিয়ে যাচছে জাপানে। সাথে আছে তার ১২বছরের ছেলে জযাক। জাপান মেইনলযানডের কাছাকাছি পৌঁছে তাদের জাহাজ পরচনড এক ঝড়ের কবলে পরে যায়। ভাগয ভাল হওয়ায় এই ঝড়ের মধযেও তারা তটের কাছে পৌঁছাতে সকষম হয়। জাহাজের বিভিনন জায়গার ফাটাফুটা মেরামতের জনয লেগে পরে সবাই। কোন একটা বনদরে না পৌঁছানো পরযনত তারা নিরাপদ নয়। এমন একটা অরকষি ...more
LittleBookDruid
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

4.5 stars.
'Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear."

So amazing, it had all the tropes in a book that I love. So I loved it a lot.
Based on the feudal era Japan, this story takes off when a ship from England, searching for this mysterious land, catch up with a really nasty storm and ends up being dragged to a smaller piece of land. While trying to repair the ship, they are attacked by Japanese pirates and all of them are killed
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Nicolas Lukasik
What made me start reading Young Samurai was the front cover picture. It has a shadow with a sword and some red background which completely caught my eye. I thought this book was a genuine idea and really interesting how Jack manages to pass so many challenges without failing. What also caught my eye was the back, it said, Jack has to learn to become a Samurai and fight against a ninja called Dokugan Ryu. This novel has real characters and not alien-like creatures everywhere. While reading this ...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
Stephanie
Ich muss sagen das Buch hat mir relativ gut gefallen, aber es war sehr vorhersehbar und mal wieder eher für die männlichen Leser bestimmt fand ich. Sehr viele Kämpfe, die natürlich so ausgehen wie man sich denkt und Jack ist der Held....

Thematisch gut, aber vielleicht erschreckend für manchen Leser, ist der Umgang mit Jack als "Gajin". Als "Nichtjapaner" gehört er nie dazu und es ist ein regelrechtes Schimpfwort. Dies gilt leider auch heute (oft) noch in der japanischen Kultur insbesondere auch
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Highness Atharva
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Young Samurai Book 1
*Way of the Warrior*
To tell the truth, I was a bit hesitant to begin with the Young Samurai series in the beginning as I didn't have enough data about the series but mocking me it has secured a righteous and a deserving place in my ''memorable'' shelf. It's the first book in the Young Samurai series written by Chris Bradford, who himself is an expert in martial arts and the ''Japanese'' arts and language. The story revolves around a 12 year old Jack Fletcher, a young lively b
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Denae Christine
Reader thoughts: Loved the first book and look forward to the rest! (And they were $4 each for the audiobooks. Great price.)

This story was a bit like karate kid (the training and final climax where trainers compete by using their trainees in a contest) and also had pirate ninjas and was also historical. All these elements worked well together.

I loved that the author so clearly knows what he's talking about when it comes to Japan's culture and language and when it comes to martial arts (I've take
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Graylark
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Stopped reading this series at book 4 because it felt like the focus had shifted gradually from fun cool samurai learning and adventures (which is what I was after) to oppressive xenophobia and persecution.
Ciphertext
This book was okay. Not really my thing, I think.

Objectively, the plot was interesting, but I personally wasn't that interested in it. I found the characters flat and typical most of the time, bordering on annoying, there were lots of actions scenes just written as a list of, well, actions which took any and all excitement out of them. I suppose if you're a kid (the target audience for the book) it's exciting to read about what samurai are doing in training, with every single minuscule movement
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Paul,
May 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Clavell's Shogun meets Rowling's Harry Potter. Both of which I love. The author appears to have done a lot of research about the martial arts aspect of the book, which is interesting. I have lived as a foreigner in an Asian context for a long time now. I love Japanese history and culture. So I should have enjoyed this book.

But the characters have no depth and not much consistency. They do what they do ... because that is what they do. Yamamoto hates Jack, until he doesn't. Jack is terrified of
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Crysta
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
My summer class is over, so what should I do with my time until fall classes? Hmmm. Obviously a trip to the library was in order.

Since middle school I've had an interest in Japanese culture, due to the extreme consumption of anime and manga. So while I didn't think that this book — written for a younger, less nerdy audience — would have too many cultural references, I was mildly surprised. While keeping a more casual tone, there were indeed a lot of things to learn in this book, and a lot of Jap
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Jane Maree
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 11+
I have a thing for ninjas okay. So this was cool. Also Japanese samurai and swords and a guy who was some sort of version of Yoda and yes. I enjoyed this.

You could say that it was a slight copy off some other stories - Star Wars, Harry Potter, Karate Kid - but to be honest I liked it anyway and didn't really mind any of those elements.

The main character was quite interesting, but my favourites were probably two of the side characters. Their character arcs were better and heaps more interesting
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Jordan
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Beverly
May 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Claire
Dec 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mary
Oct 19, 2011 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
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Fred Kirchner
Apr 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-fiction
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
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Matilda Rose
In the year 1611, a young boy named Jack is on board a ship with his father, searching for new land. But ninjas clamber aboard the ship in search of valuable objects and kill his crew and father. Jack is saved by the legendary samurai warrior Masamoto who adopts him. There he is taken to samurai school where he will have to learn to defend himself against Masamoto's jealous son, Yamato. But with his friend Akiko and quiet companion Yori, Jack is able to fit in at the samurai school and master ba ...more
Mcowie8
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Fletcher is shipwrecked on the coast of Japan, his father and the crew of the ship have all been slaughtered by ninjas, except for him. Luckily Jack is saved by a legendary sword master: Masamota Takeshi. Masamota adopts him and begins training him through the punishing physical and mental ways needed to be the samurai, hoping one day he can be the first gajin samurai. And so that maybe one day he can seek revenge on Dokugan Ryu, the one-eyed ninja that murdered his father.
15SmallwoodS
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is very good jacks dad dies that was really shocking and you felt an emotion for the character jack. Overall i give this 5/5 because its action packed
Denlillebogblog
3-3 stars. ...more
15GrahamA
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought the plot was great and really hooks you to the next books.
15croukampd
I think this book is very good and exiting and shows Jacks journey in japan and the problems he faces. overall this is a very exiting story
Gowtham
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every book in this series is amazing!
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Chris Bradford is the bestselling author of the Young Samurai, Ninja and Bodyguard Series.

Chris is renowned for his inspiring author events and ‘method writing’ style. For his award-winning Young Samurai series, he trained in samurai swordmanship, karate, ninjutsu and earned his black belt in Zen Kyu Shin Taijutsu. For his BODYGUARD series, Chris embarked on an intensive close protection course to
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