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Samurai Detectives, Book 1: The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn
Samurai Detectives Series Book #1 of 7
Authors: Dorothy Hoobler, Thomas Hoobler

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Published on June 21, 1999
Age Group: 9 - 14 years
Reading Level: AR: 5.1 (7.0 Points, Quiz #31178)
GLE: 6.5
DRA: 50
Lexile® measure: 740L

While attempting to solve the mystery of a stolen jewel, Seikei, a merchant's son who longs to be a samurai, joins a group of kabuki actors in eighteenth-century Japan.

Excerpt/First Sentence(s):
Seikei was tired of riding. The kago swayed back and forth endlessly, making him feel dizzy and sick. Though the floor was lined with silk pillows, the summer heat made the air inside the kago hot and sticky. Seikei slid open the bamboo door and peered outside.

Publisher Description:
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? Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler have written a rich, satisfying thriller, set against the colorful backdrop of eighteenth-century Japan. Suspenseful, complex, and flat-out fun, this is a novel to savor.

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