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Crofford, Emily.
Minneapolis : Carolrhoda, 1991.
IL 5-8 RL 6.5 .
This story takes place in mid-nineteenth century Japan. Manjiro is a fifteen year old boy who must assume the role of head of household following the death of his father. He joins a fishing expedition to provide for his family. The fishing boat is destroyed in a storm and Manjiro finds himself stranded on a deserted island. After many months on the island, Manjiro and his fellow sailors are rescued by the crew of an American whaling ship. The Americans are kind to Manjiro and he learns their customs and they teach him their whaling techniques. Will Manjiro ever make it home to his family? Read BORN IN THE YEAR OF COURAGE to find out.
SUBJECTS:     Nakahama, Manjiro, 1827-1898 -- Fiction
                        Japan -- History -- 1787-1868 -- Fiction
                        Shipwrecks -- Fiction
                        Whaling -- Fiction


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