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The Reading Club's Featured Books

Our featured selections are award-winning books that are obtainable in print from libraries and bookstores, and are also available in alternate formats (electronic or braille). Grade levels are approximate.


Grades 4-6

Shipwrecked: The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy

By Rhoda Blumberg

2001. HarperCollins Publishers


Available in braille or electronic formats from the following sources:

1. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
free - Available to borrow in braille and download in Web-braille (must be a registered user)
www.loc.gov/nls
800-424-8567

2. The Braille Institute
Available for purchase for $8.00
www.brailleinstitute.org/UniversalMedia/ChildrensBooks.htm
1-800-BRAILLE (800-272-4553)



Visit Japan and hear the true story of Manjiro, the first person from Japan to visit the United States. In the early 1800s, the Japanese government would not allow its citizens to leave the country, and would not allow people from other countries to visit. When Manjiro and some friends are shipwrecked on a small island, they are rescued by a whaling ship from the United States. Manjiro becomes a successful ship captain, but he misses his family. Will he ever be able to go home again? Helen Keller visited Japan three times, in 1937, 1948, and 1955. She brought the first akita dog to the United States, a Japanese breed. She also visited Hawaii, mentioned in this book, well before it became a state.

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