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Preus, Margi

Overview
Works: 32 works in 140 publications in 4 languages and 10,913 library holdings
Genres: Juvenile works  Fiction  History  Historical fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Young adult works  Spy fiction  Children's audiobooks  Adventure stories  Literature 
Roles: Author
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Margi Preus
Heart of a samurai : based on the true story of Nakahama Manjiro by Margi Preus( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 2,570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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."--Title page verso
West of the moon by Margi Preus( Book )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In nineteenth-century Norway, fourteen-year-old Astri, whose aunt has sold her to a mean goatherder, dreams of joining her father in America
Shadow on the mountain by Margi Preus( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 1,275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Nazi-occupied Norway, fourteen-year-old Espen joins the resistance movement, graduating from deliverer of illegal newspapers to courier and spy. Includes historical note, code-breaking activity, and instructions for making invisible ink
Celebritrees : historic & famous trees of the world by Margi Preus( Book )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2016 in English and held by 915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 14 trees in this book have earned the title "Celebritrees" for their global fame and significance. Both in fact and in legend, these fascinating trees remind us not only how much pleasure trees bring, but what they can tell us about history
The legend of the lady slipper : an Ojibwe tale by Lise Lunge-Larsen( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 889 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this retelling of an Ojibwe tale, a girl's act of bravery to save her family leads to the appearance in the world of the delicate and tender flower called the lady's slipper
The bamboo sword by Margi Preus( Book )

11 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Japan in 1853, at the time of U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry's visit to Japan, Yoshi, a young Japanese boy who dreams of becoming a samurai one day, learns about America from Majiro and has adventures with Jack, a young cabin boy aboard one of the U.S. ships. Includes historical notes and glossary
Enchantment Lake : a Northwoods mystery by Margi Preus( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Francie, seventeen, leaves summer school and auditions in New York City for Enchantment Lake in the woods of northern Minnesota when her great-aunts call and ask for her help investigating a mystery that centers on a road no one wants built, and on the legendary treasure said to be under enchantment
Heart of a samurai : a novel inspired by a true adventure on the high seas by Margi Preus( )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
The Peace Bell by Margi Preus( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yuko's grandmother tells about how the bell in their town that would ring on New Year's Eve is given up during the war for scrap metal, finds its way back to their village, and becomes known as the Peace Bell
The clue in the trees : an Enchantment Lake mystery by MARGI PREUS( )

5 editions published between 2017 and 2019 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Francie plunges into her senior year of high school near Minnesota's Enchantment Lake, but when her long-lost brother, Theo, turns up, so does a dead body, and Francie is drawn into another mystery
Shadow on the mountain : a novel inspired by the true adventures of a wartime spy by Margi Preus( Recording )

16 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Nazi-occupied Norway, fourteen-year-old Espen joins the resistance movement, graduating from deliverer of illegal newspapers to courier and spy
West of the moon by Margi Preus( Recording )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In nineteenth-century Norway, fourteen-year-old Astri, whose aunt has sold her to a mean goatherder, dreams of joining her father in America
Storm's coming! by Margi Preus( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Did you know that flowers, insects, and birds can help predict the weather? Near her lighthouse home, Sophie reads the signs and sounds a warning: 'Storm's coming!'"--
The bamboo sword by Margi Preus( Recording )

11 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Japan in 1853, at the time of U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry's visit to Japan, Yoshi, a young Japanese boy who dreams of becoming a samurai one day, learns about America from Majiro and has adventures with Jack, a young cabin boy aboard one of the U.S. ships
A book of grace : words to bring you peace( Book )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il segreto di Espen by Margi Preus( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in Italian and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jing wu shi by Margi Preus( Book )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1841, a Japanese fishing vessel sinks. Its crew is forced to swim to a small, unknown island, where they are rescued by a passing American ship. Japan's borders remain closed to all Western nations, so the crew sets off to America, learning English on the way. Manjiro, a fourteen-year-old boy, is curious and eager to learn everything he can about this new culture. Eventually the captain adopts Manjiro and takes him to his home in New England. The boy lives for some time in New England, and then heads to San Francisco to pan for gold. After many years, he makes it back to Japan, only to be imprisoned as an outsider. With his hard-won knowledge of the West, Manjiro is in a unique position to persuade the shogun to ease open the boundaries around Japan; he may even achieve his unlikely dream of becoming a samurai. Accolades and Praise for Heart of a Samurai 2011 Newbery Honor Book New York Times Bestseller NPR Backseat Book Club pick "A terrifc biographical novel by Margi Preus."--Wall Street Journal STARRED REVIEW "It's a classic fish-out-of-water story (although this fish goes into the water repeatedly), and it's precisely this classic structure that gives the novel the sturdy bones of a timeless tale. Backeted by gritty seafaring episodes?salty and bloody enough to assure us that Preus has done her research?the book's heart is its middle section, in which Manjiro, allegedly the first Japanese to set foot in America, deals with the prejudice and promise of a new world. By Japanese tradition, Manjiro was destined to be no more than a humble fisherman, but when his 10-year saga ends, he has become so much more."? Booklist, starred review STARRED REVIEW "Illustrated with Manjiro's own pencil drawings in addition to other archival material and original art from Tamaki, this is a captivating fictionalized (although notably faithful) retelling of the boy's adventures. Capturing his wonder, remarkable willingness to learn, the prejudice he encountered and the way he eventually influenced officials in Japan to open the country, this highly entertaining page-turner."?Kirkus Reviews, starred review STARRED REVIEW "Stunning debut novel. Preus places readers in the young man's shoes, whether he is on a ship or in a Japanese prison. Her deftness in writing is evident in two poignant scenes, one in which Manjiro realizes the similarities between the Japanese and the Americans and the other when he reunites with his Japanese family."? School Library Journal, starred review STARRED REVIEW "Preus mixes fact with fiction in a tale that is at once adventurous, heartwarming, sprawling, and nerve-racking in its depictions of early anti-Asian sentiment. She succeeds in making readers feel every bit as "other" as Manjiro, while showing America at its best and worst through his eyes."? Publishers Weekly, starred review "First-time novelist Preus turns the true story of Manjiro into an action-packed boy's adventure tale."? Horn Book
Why leaves change color : an Ojibwe story by Margi Preus( )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus( Recording )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Sacred words : a collection of prayers from around the world by Margi Preus( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Heart of a samurai : based on the true story of Nakahama Manjiro Jing wu shi
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Celebritrees : historic & famous trees of the worldThe legend of the lady slipper : an Ojibwe taleThe Peace BellA book of grace : words to bring you peaceJing wu shiSacred words : a collection of prayers from around the world
Alternative Names
Margi Preus American children's writer

Margi Preus Amerikaans schrijfster

Margi Preus escritora de literatura infantil estadounidense

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