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Samurai Rising - Online Book Club

Welcome to our online book club for grades 9-12! We are excited for you to join us in reading Samurai Rising by Pamela Turner.

Along with a free copy of the book, you will receive a review page so you can tell us what you thought of the book! You will also receive a questions page to consider, activity pages, and an information page with cool links related to the book!

Kits are ready for pickup today, Tuesday, August 1! Please remember that we have a limited number of kits available, so it's first come, first served. If you have any special requests or need accommodations, please let Leanna or Michelle know!

All we ask is that you read the book: do as much or as little of the rest of it as you want. No matter how much you do, the book is yours!

"Samurai Rising" by Pamela Turner

“A samurai fights for honor and survival in this stirring account of the rise of Minamoto Yoshitsune, from seemingly doomed infant to immortal warrior-hero (and one of the most famous samurai in Japanese history). Acclaimed author Pamela S. Turner and celebrated graphic-novelist Gareth Hinds deliver all the drama, romance, and tragedy of the original story – with delightfully dry wit and a healthy dose of modern perspective. .

*Here are the following pages that you will receive with your kit!*

Pamela S. Turner’s site:

Illustrator Gareth Hinds’s site:

Pamela S. Turner’s collection of images and videos exploring Japan’s history and culture today:

Book trailer for Samurai Rising:

More about Yoshitsune’s friend Benkei:

Japan Guide’s page on samurai:

Included as well: a word search, a coloring page, and a kana writing activity.

We hope you enjoy these activities and would love to hear what you thought of the book! We also hope you enjoyed the extra links. Remember, you can comment here on this website, email us at, or come in and turn in a physical copy!

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