The Master Puppeteer

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Harper Collins, Mar 24, 1989 - Juvenile Fiction - 192 pages
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Who is the man called Sabura, the mysterious bandit who robs the rich and helps the poor? And what is his connection with Yosida, the harsh and ill- tempered master of feudal Japan's most famous puppet theater? Young Jiro, an apprentice to Yosida, is determined to find out, even at risk to his own life.

Meamwhile, Jiro devotes himself to learning puppetry. Kinshi, the puppet master's son, tutors him. When his sheltered life at the theater is shattered by mobs of hungry, rioting peasants, Jiro becomes aware of responsibilities greater that his craft. As he schemes to help his friend Kinshi and to find his own parent, Jiro stumbles onto a dangerous and powerful secret....

 

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Historical fiction for those who don't think they'd like the genre. I really should reread Paterson's Japanese juveniles - they made such an impression on me when I was in teacher-training. Read full review

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Here we move forward six hundred years from the 12th century Japan in Of Nightingales That Weep (1974) to a year when the country is ravaged by famine and Jiro, the puppet-maker's son, decides that a ... Read full review

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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 Hopkins, as well as Newbery Medals for Jacob Have I Loved and Bridge to Terabithia. Ms. Paterson lives with her husband in Vermont. They have four grown children.

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