Samurai Rising has received four starred reviews (Booklist, Kirkus, SLJ and BCCB), and is a Junior Library Guild selection.

Brush and ink, with digital color on cover.

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Warning: Very few people in this story die of natural causes!

Samurai Rising is a fantastic action-packed nonfiction book by Pamela Turner, author of The Frog Scientist and many other great nonfiction books. It tells the story of the legendary samurai Yoshitsune -- his meteoric rise from an untrained young boy in exile to one of the greatest military leaders in Japanese history.

Samurai Rising is not a graphic novel, but it's a beautifully designed book and it contains 16 chapter illustrations and 4 maps painted with brush and ink. Here's a preview.

"With more beheadings than you can shake a katana at, this account of the life of twelfth-century samurai Minamoto Yoshitsune is pure excitement." - Booklist

"Historical and cultural references are impressively accurate, and Hindsís fluid brush-and-ink drawings and battle maps add useful detail. Japanophiles, action lovers, and future historians will all find this book gripping." - School Library Journal

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