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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.
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Erik Haugaard was born in Denmark and has traveled extensively in the United States, Italy, Spain, and Japan. Called "a writer gifted in the art of the storyteller" by the BOSTON GLOBE, he is internationally known for his accomplishments as a playwright, poet, and translator. He has won critical acclaim for his books for young readers, including A BOY'S WILL, THE UNTOLD TALE, and CROMWELL'S BOY.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
"I shall begin my tale on that day when I lost not only my father, but
my mother and my two older brothers as well . . . In the morning of
that day my name had been Murakami; I was a bushi, a knight"s son
whom every woman in the village would fondle and spoil. Before the
sun set I had been given the name Taro, a servant"s name, and I was
of no more importance than that name implied."
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