The Sign of the Chrysanthemum by Katherine Paterson
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A teen-ager comes to know himself through contacts with social ills and political unrest while searching for his father in Japan's capital, centuries ago.

About Katherine Paterson

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Katherine Paterson was born in Qing Jiang, Jiangsu, China in 1932. She attended King College in Bristol, Tennessee and then graduate school in Virginia where she studied Bible and Christian education. Before going to graduate school, she was a teacher for one year and after graduate school, she moved to Japan to be a missionary. Her first book, Sign of the Chrysanthemum was published in 1991. Other titles to follow included The Bridge to Terabithia and Jacod Have I Loved which both won her a Newbery Award, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Lyddie and The Master Puppeteer. In addition to the Newbery Award, she is the recipient of numerous others including the Scott O'Dell Award, the National Book Award for Children's Literature, the American Book Award, the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults Award and the New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year Award. She was also honored with the Hans Christian Anderson Award.
Published June 3, 1988 by HarperCollins. 144 pages
Genres: Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Suspended in delicate imagery and among the many layered feuds between the Samurai clans of the Genii and Heike is the subdued quest of the nameless orphan Muna, who flees the burial of his peasant mother to search for a warrior father identifiable only by a small chrysanthemum tattoo.

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In the Newbery Medalist's first book, Muna searches for his father, a samurai warrior, in 12th century Japan. Ages 8-12. (June)

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