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Samurai fear nothing, not even death. They are loyal and brave. Fourteen-year-old Seikei has studied the way of the samurai, and would like nothing more than to be one. But a samurai is born, not made; Seikei was born the son of a tea merchant, so a merchant he must be. But when a priceless ruby intended for the shogun - the military governor of Japan - is stolen by a ghost, Seikei finds himself having to display all the courage of a samurai. Seikei is the only person to have seen the thief, and now the famous magistrate, Judge Ooka, needs the boy's help to solve this mystery. Can the son of a merchant prove himself worthy to the shogun himself?
©1999 Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler; (P)2008 Penguin

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I loved it! Very Interesting! Love to see more of this great book! Tokaido Inn.

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7th grade class book

This was a class book with multiple reports to be done . Mom cheated and listened on my way to work and home so incould direct home work assignments.
over all a good book tied into midevil japan studies as well as english.

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Great story; fair reader

Loved the story--engaging!! The reader was not the best. His voices for some of the characters was poor, but he adequately coveyed tale. I recommend this book.