A good review from School Library Journal

>> Saturday, July 15, 2006

I found another good review of Samurai Shortstop, this one courtesy of Amazon.com. School Library Journal had a quickie blurb about Samurai in a spring article featuring all baseball books, but this is a full-on review from them:

It is 1890, and 16-year-old Toyo Shimada is uniquely poised to witness the clash of old and new ways in his native Tokyo. Emperor Meiji has instituted a series of radical reforms; one of them requires that all samurai hang up their swords. In the hypnotic opening scene, Toyo and his father assist as his Uncle Koji commits ritual suicide or seppuku. Toyo's father, Sotaro, is a scholarly samurai whose weapon has always been his ink brush, but he too has decided that he cannot live in this new Japan. He tells Toyo that once he has taught him the ways of bushido, or the warrior's code, he, too, will take his own life. Meanwhile, Toyo begins his studies at an elite high school where the hazing by the senior students makes the first-year students miserable.
Eventually, the teen and his friends are able to stand up for themselves, and Toyo wins a place on the school's besuboro or baseball team. His lessons in bushido include meditation, balance, and swordplay, and Toyo finds in baseball a way to make the connection between both modern and ancient, mental and physical. Gratz's concluding notes offer more on the period as well as sources for more information. This well-written tale offers plenty of fascinating detail, a fast paced story, and a fresh perspective on America's pastime. It should delight baseball fans and win a wide audience. – Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA

Domo arigato, Marilyn!


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