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The Samurai's Tale by Erik Christian Haugaard
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Dec 07, 2011

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Recommended for: Middle or high school readers interested in feudal Japan
Read in December, 2011 , read count: 1

Set in medieval feudal Japan, Haugaard's tale for young adults captivated my 6th grade readers. The author suggests some of the issues that would have plagued the society, dealing a bit with racism, classics, poverty, and social constraints of the time while not glorifying war. My student's and i enjoyed the book because the characters were interesting and the plot moved along at a good pace. Vocabulary fits an advanced middle school reader, but short chapters enable average readers to work through the book on their own if they have support materials.

Lastly, the book is based during a verifiable time in Japan's history. Students could research the warlords who drive the political plot of the book.

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