Subtitle on first printing: based on the true story of Nakahama Manjiro.
"Book design by Chad W. Beckerman"--t.p. verso.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 297-301).
In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.
American Library Association Notable Children's Book 2011; Newbery Honor, 2011; Booklist Editor's Choice/Books for Youth 2010.
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2011.
Notable Book for a Global Society award winner, 2011