Visit edo bay, Japan, circa 1853
The Bamboo Sword
When American ships steam into Edo Bay for the first time, it is into the forbidden waters of mid-19th-century Japan. Outsiders are not allowed to enter the country, and Japan’s samurai prepare for war. Thirteen-year-old Yoshi longs to join the fight to expel the hairy barbarians...But how? As a lowly servant, he is not permitted to become a samurai or to carry swords.
Yet the ships have barely arrived when Yoshi finds himself wielding a sword in a way that will change his life forever. Forced to flee, he meets an odd samurai named Manjiro, who is on his way to Edo to advise the shogun about the western invaders. Yoshi encounters plenty of adventures traveling with a man suspected of being an American spy.
Through it all, Yoshi just wants the “hairy ones” to go away. But when he and an American boy from one of the ships become entangled in a web of adventure and intrigue, the two boys discover that they must rely on each other to survive.
Published by Amulet Books. Cover art by Yuko Shimizu.
This is a companion book to Heart of a Samurai >
Praise for the bamboo sword
Awards for The Bamboo Sword
2016 Book Pages Best Books of the Year
2016 Minnesota Book Award Finalist
Trailer for The Bamboo Sword
Digital Art and Video: Joellyn Rock and Dan Fitzpatrick
Taiko Drum Music: “Yorokobi” by Hiroshi Koshiyama fubuki.ca
Special thanks to MMAD Lab at U of MN-Duluth