Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune

by Pamela S. Turner

Illustrations by Gareth Hinds

2017 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award Finalist
Kyoto, Japan, 1160: young Minamoto Yoshitsune was far from becoming a famed samurai. After his father died in a failed act of revenge, Yoshitsune inherited only “a lost war, a shattered family, and a bitter enemy.”

ISBN: 9781580895842

JLG Release: May 2016

JLG Member Price

Young Adults Plus

Grades 9 & Up


14 books / $16.30 a book

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    Print Book


    Hardcover edition



    Page Count


    Trim Size

    6" x 9"

    Accelerated Reader

    Level: 7.2, Points: 6

    Scholastic Reading Counts

    Level: 7.4, Points: 10


    Level: 950L

    Awards & Honors

    Booklist 2016 Top 10 Books for Youth, Biographies
    The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee, Young Readers
    SLJ’s Best Books of 2016, Nonfiction
    Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016, Middle-Grade
    New York Public Library 2016 50 Best Books for Teens, Nonfiction
    YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, 2017 Finalist
    Booklist 2016 Editors’ Choice, Books for Youth, Middle Readers, Nonfiction
    ALSC Notable Children’s Books 2017, Older Readers
    BCCB 2016 Blue Ribbons, Nonfiction
    The Nonfiction Detectives, 2016 Best Nonfiction Books for Children
    2017 Capitol Choices, Ten to Fourteen



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