Child exile. Teenage runaway. Military genius. Immortal hero. Yoshitsune had little going for him. Exiled to a monastery, he had no money, no allies, and no martial training. He wasn't big or strong or good-looking. His only assets were brains, ambition, and a dream. But childhood dreams can change history. At the age of fifteen, Yoshitsune excaped. Blow by painful blow, he learned the art of the sword. Fall after bruising fall, he mastered mounted archery. He joined his half brother Yoritomo in an uprising against the most powerful samurai in Japan. This is a story of insane courage and daring feats, bitter rivalry and fatal love. Based on one of the great works of Japanese history and literature, Samurai Rising takes a clear-eyed, very modern look at the way of the samurai-and at the man who became the most famous samurai of all. Pamela S. Turner is the author of several award-winning books for young readers, including Life on Earth-and Beyond: Astrobiologist's Quest, Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog, and the ALA Notable Children's Book and Orbis Pictus Honor Book The Frog Scientist. Pamela first encountered Minamoto Yoshitsune's story while living in Japan. She now lives in Oakland, California, where she is a black-belt practitioner of kendo, the way of the sword. While in College Gareth Hinds made artwork inspired by legends about Yoshitsune. He was therefore thrilled to return to twelfth-century Japan in Samurai Rising, this time illustrating Yoshitsune's real-life adventures. Gareth is a third-degree black belt in aikido and the award-winning creator of graphic-novel adaptations of Macbeth, Beowulf, The Odyssey, and other classics. He lives in Washington, DC.
Contents; Characters adn places; Map of Japan; Introduction; 1 Disaster in Kyoto-Kyoto 1160; Headless ghosts-Kurama 1160-1174; 3 Samurai boot camp-Hiraizumi 1174-1180; 4 Brothesrs-in-arms-Kamakura 1180-1184; 5 Perilous river-Kyoto 1184; Map of the Battle of Uji River; 6 Midnight strike-Ichi-no-Tani 1184; Map of the Battle of Ichi-no-Tani; 7 Hooves like hailstones-Ichi-no-Tani 1184; 8 Into the storm-Kyoto, Shiroku and Yashima 1184-1185; Map ot the Battle of Yashima; 9 The dropped bow-Yashima1185; 10 The drowned sword-Dan-no-Ura 1185; Map of the Battle of Dan-no-Ura; 11 Assassins in the dark-Dan-no-Ura, Kyoto and Koshigoe 1185; 12 Shizuka's song-Koto, Kamakura, and he Yoshino Mountains 1185-1186; 13 The fugitive-Locations unknown 1185-1187; 14 Feast of arrows-Hiraizumi 1187-1189; Epilogue: The samurai weeps; Acknowledgments; Author's notes; A note on names; A note on dates; A note on the status of women; Re-creating Yoshitune's world; Time lines; Yoshitsune and the wider world; Major periods of Japanese history; Timelineo fSamurai Rising; Glossary of Japanese words; Chapter notes; Bibliography; Index