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In a chilling tale based on a traditional Japanese legend, a samurai faces the ultimate challenge when an evil shape-changing fox takes on an unexpected form. Original.
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Gr. 3-6. A samurai warrior on the run and a beautiful woman who changes into a fox by night are the unusual characters in this surprisingly involving high-interest, easy-to-read story, which may also appeal to older reluctant readers. The samurai, who is nursed back to health from his battle wounds by the mysterious Mariko, slowly comes to the realization that the woman he has taken as his bride has strange powers and is feared by the people of her village. The couple's love for each other helps propel the tale to its compelling conclusion. There's wonderful atmosphere and tension, although the ending is predictable. Considering the setting and the subject matter, the author shows considerable restraint in keeping a lid on the violence. Denia Hester
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Book Description Random House Books for Young R, 1994. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110679866671