The Master Puppeteer (Paperback)
|An apprentice puppeteer in eighteenth-century Osaka, endeavors to learn his art under the harsh master, Yoshida, and to discover the connection of Saburo, popular, multidisguised bandit, with Yoshidas puppet theater *Author: Paterson, Katherine/ Wells, Haru (ILT) *Publication Date: 1989/03/01 *Number of Pages: 179 *Binding Type: Paperback *Grade Level: 7-9 *Language: English *Depth: 0.25 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 7.50|
From the Publisher:
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....
Jiro, son of a starving puppetmaker, runs away from a home and apprentices himself to Yoshida, the master of the Hanaza puppet theater. Set in a time when Japan was in a state of lawlessness, Jiro finds himself caught up in intrigue.In famine-stricken 18th century Japan, a 13-year-old boy named Jiro, the clumsy son of a poor puppet maker, becomes the apprentice to Yoshida, the master of the Hanza Puppet Theater. As Jiro works to learn the art of puppeteering, he must also strive to please the seldom-satisfied Yoshida. Jiro's work is disrupted, however, when he sets out to discover the true identity of Sabru, the mysterious thief who robs from the rich and gives to the poor--and who seems to have some sort of connection to the Hanza Theater. Will Jiro's investigation put his life, and the lives of the others at the Hanza Theater, in danger? This work of historical fiction includes detailed information about Japanese theater as well as about life and culture in 18th Japan.
"...An extraordinarily well written and compelling novel, filled with detail." - Eden Ross Lipson