The Demon In The Teahouse

Paperback | November 3, 2005

byDorothy Hoobler, Thomas Hoobler

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The beautiful, mysterious women of Japan are being killed one by one. The famous samurai Judge Ooka knows he will need help to solve the crimes, so he turns to his newly adopted son, fourteen-year-old Seikei. Determined to prove his worth as a samurai, Seikei goes undercover as a teahouse attendant in the exotic "floating city" of Yoshiwara, where demons lurk among the pleasure seekers and no one is safe-not even a samurai.

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The beautiful, mysterious women of Japan are being killed one by one. The famous samurai Judge Ooka knows he will need help to solve the crimes, so he turns to his newly adopted son, fourteen-year-old Seikei. Determined to prove his worth as a samurai, Seikei goes undercover as a teahouse attendant in the exotic "floating city" of Yosh...

Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler are historians and authors of over sixty books, both fiction and nonfiction, mostly for young readers. They are the authors of the well-loved American Family Album series, including The Japanese American Family Album, which was named a Carter G. Woodson Honor Book in 1997.The Society for School Librarians Int...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 6.9 × 5 × 0.6 inPublished:November 3, 2005Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014240540X

ISBN - 13:9780142405406

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enthralling "The Demon in the Teahouse" is a great book. Though I have never read its prequel, I was immediatley taken in by Seikei's story. The mystery begins fairly early and from then on it is a gripping read. Filled with suspense, secrecy, adventure, and the fragile and enchanting beauty of Japan, this story has everything a good mystery requires. The end was satisfying and definitely full of angst while the entire book kept me raking my brain for an answer to the mystery. Learning about samurais and geishas was also very interesting for I found Japan's customs to be very different from my own world. I recommend this book to all who are up for a mystery with a foreign twist.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great mystery book !!! The Demon in the Teahouse is a sequel to The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn and both of the mystery stories are set in Japan. Both stories are also written by historian Dorothy and author Thomas Hoobler. The story of The Demon in the Teahouse is set in 18th –century Japan. A fourteen-year-old boy named Seikei who was adopted by Judge Ooka was sent to the Teahouse of the Falling Cherry Blossoms to collect information about the fire cases which had happened in Edo. He also found out about the demon who had killed three geishas in Yoshiwara. While Seikei worked in the teahouse, he become endangered after meeting the suspect who was a geisha named Umae. By the way, Judge Ooka was a real person who was a friend and adviser of a shogun who ruled Japan from 1717 to 1744. I think this made the story more interesting and closer to the real life. I really liked this story. I thought this was a great mystery book. I was attracted by the cover of the book. One side shows a beautiful geishas and in the shade is a guy holding a sword. The suspenseful picture excited me. The book has a huge exciting mystery plot attracts the reader. When the plot seems to get boring, some mysterious would happen which attracts your curiosity to keep reading. You cannot stop until you have finished the story. One of the weaknesses of this book is that it does not have any explanation for the special vocabulary used. For example, words such as seppuku and tayu are not common words used in daily life. If we do not understand the words and the book does not give us an explanation, it may become a barrier for us to understand the story. The other weakness of this book is the plot near the ending. Near the end, there are too many details and it seems boring. The authors describe too much about the conversation between Seikei and the witness and how Seikei took the witness to see Judge Ooka. Although it is an important part of the story, it will be boring if there is too much detail in a part of the story which is not exciting. I think the book will be better if there were pictures of the characters in this book. This may help us get to know how beautiful the geishas were and also what the samurai look liked in 18th –century Japan. I suggest every teenager to this book. You can learn what courage is by reading this book. Even when he is in danger, Seikei still works hard in the teahouse to help Ooka solve the mystery crime. Seikei wants to prove himself worthy of being called a samurai. I think he was brave for a fourteen-year-old boy. This shows that even when things are difficult, if you have determination, you will be successful. You can learn about Japanese traditions, culture and history from reading this book. It is funny to discover new interesting things from countries you have not thought before. For example, after people had died in Japan, their head needed to be shaved and clothed in a white shroud that hid even the face. A knife must be placed on their lap. This custom allows the dead people to protect themselves against demons who might block their path to the afterlife. This is a chance for you to learn about Japan. Read the book as soon as you can.
Date published: 2006-04-20

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"The authors of [The]Ghost in the Tokaido Inn (1999) return to the Japan of nearly 300 years ago for another whodunit solidly clad in accurate historical and cultural detail. The expertly unraveled mystery, as well as the vivid, exotic setting and fast-moving plot, will delight fans of Lensey Namioka's historical thrillers."—Kirkus Reviews