KEY: jP = Picture Books; jZ = 1st and 2nd Grade Readers; jE = 3rd and 4th Grade Readers; JF = 5th Grade and Up
|Say, Allen||BICYCLE MAN
The amazing tricks two American soldiers do on a borrowed bicycle are a fitting finale for the school sports day festivities in a small village in occupied Japan. circa 1946-52.
|Dalkey, Kara||HEAVENWARD PATH
sequel to LITTLE SISTER
Haunted by a broken promise to a powerful god, fifteen-year-old Mitsuko again enlists the aid of a mischievous shape-shifter who helps her learn to think for herself.
|Dalkey, Kara||LITTLE SISTER
Thirteen-year-old Fujiwara no Mitsuko, daughter of a noble family in the imperial court of twelfth century Japan, enlists the help of a shape-shifter and other figures from Japanese mythology in her efforts to save her older sister's life.
|Haugaard, Erik||THE BOY AND THE SAMUARI
Having grown up as an orphan of the streets while sixteenth-century Japan is being ravaged by civil war, Saru seeks to helpa samurai rescue his wife from imprisonment by a warlord so they can all flee to a more peaceful life.
|Haugaard, Erik||SAMUARI'S TALE
In turbulent sixteenth-century Japan, orphaned Taro is taken in by a general serving the great warlord Takeda Shingen and grows up to become a samurai fighting for the enemies of his dead family.
|Hoobler, Dorothy & Thomas||THE SWORD THAT CUT THE BURNING GRASS
In his latest adventure in eighteenth-century Japan, fourteen-year-old samurai apprentice Seikei, with the help of a servant girl and an imperious old man, sets out to rescue the young Emperor Yasuhito from his kidnappers.
|Namioka, Lensey||WHITE SERPENT CASTLE
"There was once a castle shaped like a writhing serpent and reputed to be haunted. According to the villagers, the daughter of a former lord of the region had thrown herself into the castle moat and changed into a monstrous white serpent. From that time on, the White Serpent emerged from its resting place whenever a crisis threatened. Set against the background of sixteenth-century Japan, this exciting mystery follows the adventures of Zenta and Matsuzo, two unemployed samura.
|Paterson, Katherine||OF NIGHTINGALES THAT WEEP
The vain young daughter of a samurai finds her comfortable life ripped apart when opposing warrior clans begin a struggle for imperial control of Japan. Gempei Wars 1180-1185.
|Paterson, Katherine||SIGN OF THE CHRYSANTHEMUM
A teen-ager comes to know himself through contacts with social ills and political unrest while searching for his father in Japan's capital, centuries ago.
|Place, Francois||THE OLD MAN MAD ABOUT DRAWING
Tojiro, a young seller of rice cakes in the Japanese capital of Edo, is amazed to discover that the grumpy old man who buys his cakes is a famous artist renowned for his sketches, prints, and paintings of flowers, animals, and landscapes.
|Preus, Margi||HEART OF A SAMURAI
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.
|Gratz, Alan||SAMURAI SHORTSTOP
While obtaining a Western education at a prestigious Japanese boarding school in 1890, 16-year-old Toyo also receives traditional samurai training, which has profound effects on both his baseball game and his relationship with his father.