If you are looking for a good old-fashioned adventure story, I have the book for you: Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus. The story is about a fourteen-year-old Japanese boy, Manjiro, who was a crew member on a fishing boat that was wrecked by a fierce storm. Five crew members survived, washed ashore on a deserted island with little food or water. The year was 1841.
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