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The Ink-Keeper's Apprentice Hardcover – September 1, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
The Caldecott Medalist draws on his boyhood in postwar Tokyo for this autobiographical novel about a talented boy's artistic education. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"The Caldecott Medalist draws on his boyhood in postwar Tokyo for this autobiographical novel about a talented boy's artistic education."
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At the same time, I know what the reviewer means when she says there are a number of places in the story where events are scary or off-putting to many readers. The author isn't trying to write a shocker or a gross-out book, but he tries hard to be honest about his youthful life, and along with the delightful experiences he had in developing his artistic talents, there were some disturbing events that left him confused and hurt at the time. People who know his wonderful children's picture books might not be prepared for this one, in which not everything is "sweetness and light." So the lone "two-star" reviewer has done an important favor in cautioning you what to expect.
Nonetheless, young people looking for books that reflect some of the hard realities of life -- or who at least can read about them without being too discouraged -- can gain a lot from reading this powerfully account of the good and the bad in the life of a very unusual boy who grew into a very unusual man.
-Dustin Li, 6th grade, American School In Japan.
This was just great...what a lucky find!