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    Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit (EBK)

    Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit (EBK)

    by Nahoko Uehashi

    Both a master of the short spear and an expert in martial arts, Balsa is a wandering warrior who protects people for money—and she's utterly fearless. So it's no surprise that when she sees Prince Chagum tumble out of his carriage while crossing a bridge, she doesn't hesitate to leap into the raging river and save him. But it doesn't end there—the queen is certain that her son's fall was no accident, and she wants Balsa to take Chagum away from the palace and protect him.

    Balsa will need every one of her warrior skills for this latest job. It seems that the prince's body has been chosen to host the egg of the Water Spirit, and he must deliver the egg to its home in the distant sea or a drought will devastate the land. As Balsa and Chagum make the dangerous journey across the country, they find themselves hunted by two deadly enemies: an egg-eating monster…and the prince's own father!

    Follow their exciting quest in this epic tale that's filled with martial-arts action and fascinating, powerful legends.

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    Moribito: Guardian Of The Spirit

    Moribito: Guardian Of The Spirit

    by Nahoko Uehashi

    Balsa was a wanderer and warrior for hire. Then she rescued a boy flung into a raging river—and at that moment, her destiny changed. Now Balsa must protect the boy—the Prince Chagum—on his quest to deliver the great egg of the water spirit to its source in the sea. As they travel across the land of Yogo and discover the truth about the spirit, they find themselves hunted by two deadly enemies: the egg-eating monster Rarunga...and the prince's own father.

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Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

Author: Nahoko Uehashi

Illustrator: Yuko Shimizu

Translator: Cathy Hirano

Series: Moribito (Book #1)

Interest Level:
7-9

Lexile Framework:
840L

Grade Level Equivalent:
5.5

Guided Reading Level:
Y

Age:
12-14

Genre:
Adventure, Series, Fantasy

Subject:
Ghosts, Monsters, Vampires, Witches, Action and Adventure Heroes, Princes and Princesses, Parents, Survival

About This Book

Winner of the 2009 Batchelder Award  
An ALA Notable Children's Book

It looks like an accident: a suspension bridge, its cables snapped, a boy tumbling from a carriage into the river. But the wandering moribito Balsa recognizes it for what it is: no less than an attempt at assasination. For the boy is the second Prince Chagum, and the secret he carries could destroy the foundation of the empire. Now Balsa must protect the prince as he delivers that secret - the great egg of the Water Spirit — to its source in the northern sea. But they will find themselves hunted by two deadly enemies: the egg-eating monster Rarunga...and the prince's own father.

This extraordinary new fantasy (soon to be a major anime TV series on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim) merges the deep well of Eastern myth with the Western fantasy tradition, for a novel that's as rich in place and culture as it is hard to put down.

"Balsa and Chagum’s story will win many new fans for this series." — Kirkus Reviews

 


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