Samurai Awakening

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Samurai Awakening is the winner of the 2013 Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in the Middle East/India/Asia region!

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"...solid, entertaining, and smartly plotted."*

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Samurai Awakening is the debut YA novel of author Benjamin Martin, and is now available from Tuttle Publishing in English around the world. Need a copy? Find direct links in the right side bar or contact your local book store and request a copy! Samurai Awakening is also available as an ebook on kindle and nook.

Teens love Samurai Awakening. Boys and Girls around the world are discovering the world of the Jitsugen Samurai. Join the awakening and start your own journey with this unique debut.


David Matthews is having a particularly bad day, after an especially bad month.  His first weeks as an exchange student in Japan have left him homesick and misunderstood by nearly everyone around him, even his host family!  Beaten down by a month of loneliness and bullies at school, a fateful invitation to the local Shinto shrine sends David on a path no foreigner has experienced before.

After awakening with a newfound ability to speak Japanese, David learns the members of the Matsumoto family are far more than just traditional sword smiths. They are the keepers of ancient secrets, and a task set upon them by the first Emperor- to train new Jitsugen Samurai, protectors of Japan. 

When more strange things begin happening to David, he discovers his future is tied to a Japanese god within him, and that to be a Jitsugen Samurai holds consequences he may not survive.  With his new family, friends, and a reluctant ally, David must fight against dangers far closer than any of them realize.  As students disappear, David must overcome his past, and accept a new and uncertain future in time to stop the lurking darkness threatening Japan.

  • US Information
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • ISBN Number: 978-4805312285
  • Number of Pages: 320
  • Format: Hardcover with Jacket/ ebook
  • Release Date: October 10, 2012

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Praise for Samurai Awakening

"Samurai Awakening is a thrilling adventure for young adults, highly recommended." - MBR

"An imaginative take on the triumph of the underdog." - Booklist

"Benjamin Martin uses Japanese culture and history to build quite a compelling tale." - McClatchy News Service

"...soid, entertaining, and smartly plotted." - Publisher's Weekly*

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I don't speak Japanese!

Don't worry! Samurai Awakening is mostly in English, though there are a few Japanese words in the first chapters. The purpose of these Japanese characters is so that the reader has the same experience David does when he goes to Japan without understanding the language. Need translations for any of the Romanized Japanese in the text? Checkout my lists of Japanese words I used in the novel.

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