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Hoobler, Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler(1999)
The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn
Seiki dreams of becoming a samurai, but as a Japanese merchant's son in 1735 he must accept his position in life. One night his life changes when a ghost-like figure comes into his inn room carrying a red, glowing object. The next morning it is discovered that a ruby was stolen from Lord Hakuseki's room and Seiki is the only witness. The investigator, Judge Ooka, employs Seiki and they search for the thief. Seiki discovers who the thief is, but Ooka realizes there is something strange going on and decides to postpone an arrest until all secrets are brought to light. This intriguing story is filled with interesting customs and unforgettable characters.
Reviewed by Jeanenne R., Steele Creek Branch
Reader's comments about this book
This book is about a merchant's son, Se-kei, who dreams of becoming a samurai. Someone steals something from a samurai and Se-kei is the only witness. The rest of the story tells about his adventures solving the whodunit. This book is good for anyone who likes reading about martial arts, mystery, adventure, or a teenage boy finding his dreams.
-Jessica, Charlotte, NC
A great historical mystery set in Japan. Intriguing and interesting.
-Jori, Midlothian, VA
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