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Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

Written by Nahoko Uehashi
Translated by Cathy Hirano

A literary masterpiece, a huge bestseller, and soon to be a major animated series!

Above all, before everything, Balsa is a fighter.

She protects children and adults, the rich and the poor, in a quest to redeem eight lives lost for her sake. She is a master of the short spear and expert in the martial arts, dazzling even her opponents with her fearlessness in combat.

And she will need every one of her skills in her latest job: guarding the Second Prince, Chagum. For the prince is the Moribito — the Guardian of the Spirit — chosen to deliver the egg of the Water Spirit to its home in the distant sea. If he fails, a drought will devastate the land of the New Yogo. But as Balsa and Chagum travel across the country, learning more about the spirit and the secret history of the empire, they find themselves hunted by two deadly enemies: the egg-eating monster, Rarunga . . . and the prince's own father.

Translated into multiple languages and adapted for a major television series, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit introduces readers to a fantasy world like no other — and a fighter they will never forget.



REVIEWS:

"Jam-packed with monstrous combat, ethnic conflicts and complex mythologies, Balsa and Chagum’s story will win many new fans for this series." -- Kirkus Reviews



AWARDS:

Indie Bound Kids’ Next List, Fall 2008
ALA Notable Children's Book, 2009
Mildred L. Batchelder Award, 2009
USBBY Outstanding International Book 2009



Moribito Celebrations!



After their book, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit received the Mildred L. Batchelder Award for best translated book, translator Cathy Hirano (left) and author Nahoko Uehashi joined Ms. Uehashi's Japanese publisher for a celebration!



Back row, from left: Nahoko Uehashi; Cathy Hirano; Reina Hirano (Cathy's daughter); Yurika Yoshida, Japan Foreign Rights Centre
Front row, from left: Tomoko Sagawa, Kaisei-sha's paperback editor of Moribito; Akiko Beppu, Kaisei-sha's editorial director and hardcover editor of Moribito; Yuko Nonaka, foreign rights director at Kaisei-sha

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Summer 2008
Fantasy
ISBN: 0-545-00542-6
Price: $17.99 US / $19.99 CAN
Trim Size: 5½" x 8¼"
Page Count: 272
Foreign Rights: Scholastic Inc.
Translation Rights: Japan Foreign Rights Center
Rights Available? yes



ALSO SEE:


Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness


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