The Boy Who Risked His Life for Two Countries

“McCully’s clearly written narrative portrays mid-nineteenth-century America as vividly as Manjiro’s adventures, and both setting and characters come to life in this Caldecott-winning illustrator’s dramatic paintings.”


“The historically rich text and the realistic watercolor illustrations capture Manjiro’s life and times-both in Japan and New England-making this a first-rate introduction to a relatively unknown young figure in Japanese-American relations.”


“A map, bibliography, and thumbnail photograph of adult Manjiro are inclusions that will make this title as welcome to social studies teachers as it will be to armchair adventurers.”

-Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books

“An exciting account of a pivotal period in U.S.-Japanese history.”

-School Library Journal

“The story is well told and involving.”

-Horn Book