The Sign Of The Chrysanthemum

Paperback | June 3, 1988

byKatherine Paterson

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Muna has never known his father -- a samurai, a noble warrior. But Muna's mother has told Muna how he will know him one day: by the sign of the chrysanthemum. When his mother dies, Muna travels to the capital of twelfth-century Japan, a bewildering city on the verge of revolution. He finds a haven there, as servant to the great swordsmith, Fukuji. But Muna cannot forget his dream: He must find his father. Only then will he have power and a name to be reckoned with. Only then will he become a man.

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Here is the story of Muna, an illegitimate Japanese boy, who searches for his unknown father--a samurai warrior with a chrysanthemum tattoo on his arm--during the 12th-century wars between the Genki and Heike clans. The first novel by a Newbery Medal winner, published in 1973. Illustrated.

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Muna has never known his father -- a samurai, a noble warrior. But Muna's mother has told Muna how he will know him one day: by the sign of the chrysanthemum. When his mother dies, Muna travels to the capital of twelfth-century Japan, a bewildering city on the verge of revolution. He finds a haven there, as servant to the great swordsm...

Katherine Paterson was born in China, where she spent part of her childhood. After her education in China and the American South, she spent four years in Japan, the setting for her first three novels. Ms. Paterson has received numerous awards for her writing, including National Book Awards for The Master Puppeteer and The Great Gilly H...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.29 inPublished:June 3, 1988Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064402320

ISBN - 13:9780064402323

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Here is the story of Muna, an illegitimate Japanese boy, who searches for his unknown father--a samurai warrior with a chrysanthemum tattoo on his arm--during the 12th-century wars between the Genki and Heike clans. The first novel by a Newbery Medal winner, published in 1973. Illustrated.

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"A powerful and fascinating picture of the harsh realities as well as the beauty and excitement of feudal Kyoto." (School Library Journal)