The Samurai’s Tale
This is a well-written tale of courage with great educational value. The back cover reads: “When the powerful Lord Takeda’s soldiers sweep across the countryside, killing and plundering, they spare the boy Taro’s life and take him along with them. Taro becomes a servant in the household of the noble Lord Akiyama, where he meets Togan, a cook, who teaches Taro and makes his new life bearable. But when Togan is murdered, Taro’s life takes a new direction: He will become a samurai, and redeem the family legacy that has been stolen from him.” My son thought the ending of this book was sad, but he still loved the book. There is some violence in the book, but it is not glorified or too descriptive. However, I still suggest this book for ages 12+.
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