The Sign of the Chrysanthemum (Paperback)

The Sign of the Chrysanthemum By Katherine Paterson, Peter Landa (Illustrator) Cover Image

The Sign of the Chrysanthemum (Paperback)


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In the Newbery Medalist's first book, Muna searches for his father, a samurai warrior, in 12th-century Japan.

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.

His desperate search for the father he has never seen leads thirteen-year-old Muna to danger and adventure in the crowded, colorful capital city of twelfth-century Japan. But where should he look for him? And how will he recognize him? His father left before Muna was born—and his mother is now dead. All that the boy knows of his father is that he is a great warrior, a samurai...and that he bears on his shoulder a chrysanthemum tattoo.

Wars between two powerful clans divide the city, making his search more difficult and dangerous. Muna is torn between his respect for Fukuji, the brilliant swordsmith who takes him into his home, and his loyalty to Takanobu, a former samurai who is now an outlaw. Tempered by fire and sword, Muna finally discovers who he really is.

Katherine Paterson is one of the world’s most celebrated and beloved authors. Among her many awards are two Newberys and two National Book Awards, and she was recently named a "Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. She has been published in more than 22 languages in a variety of formats, from picture books to historical novels.

Product Details ISBN: 9780064402323
ISBN-10: 0064402320
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: June 3rd, 1988
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: Harper Trophy Book