The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn

Samurai fear nothing, not even death They are loyal and brave Fourteen year old Seikei has studied the way of the samurai, and would like nothing than to be one But a samurai is born, not made Seikei was born the son of a tea merchant, so a merchant he must be But when a priceless ruby intended for the shogun the military governor of Japan is stolen by a ghost, SSamurai fear nothing, not even death They are loyal and brave Fourteen year old Seikei has studied the way of the samurai, and would like nothing than to be one But a samurai is born, not made Seikei was born the son of a tea merchant, so a merchant he must be But when a priceless ruby intended for the shogun the military governor of Japan is stolen by a ghost, Seikei finds himself having to display all the courage of a samurai Seikei is the only person to have seen the thief, and now the famous magistrate, Judge Ooka, needs the boy s help to solve this mystery Can the son of a merchant prove himself worthy to the shogun himself Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler have written a rich, satisfying thriller, set against the colorful backdrop of eighteenth century Japan Suspenseful, complex, and flat out fun, this is a novel to savor.
The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn Samurai fear nothing not even death They are loyal and brave Fourteen year old Seikei has studied the way of the samurai and would like nothing than to be one But a samurai is born not made Seikei

  • Title: The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn
  • Author: Dorothy Hoobler Thomas Hoobler
  • ISBN: 9780399233302
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Dubbed as a Japanese Sherlock Holmes, The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn is a classic, yet simple, mystery with a cultural twist. I remember seeing this book in my brother's room when I was younger and the cover, despite its cheesiness, was curious about the story. Crazy thing is, he still has it, but he's across the country, but found it on BookOutletFirst off, anything set in Japan, present time or feudal, I'm all for it. Love the history that the authors(husband and wife duo) highlighted and incorp [...]

    2. This historical mystery focusing around the samurai, their concept of honor, kabuki theater and the treatment of Kirishitans (Christians) provides an interesting look at the culture of Japan in the 1700s as well as a satisfying mystery and realistic, relatable characters. The authors’ based the detective character on an actual samurai judge known as the Sherlock Holmes of Japan and wove the kabuki play The Forty-Seven Ronin into the plot. A few elements may be rather stark for younger readers, [...]

    3. I really liked the premise of this story. Fourteen-year old Seikei, the son of a tea merchant in Japan, hooks up with Judge Ooka, a well respected samurai, to solve the mystery of a stolen jewel. There is a lot to learn through the course of the story about samurai culture, kabuki theater, Kirishitans (Christians) in Japan, and a host of other cultural and religious details as Seikei travels from town to city following the trail of the thief. Where it felt short for me was as an actual mystery. [...]

    4. An unusual twist to the mystery genre: the detective is a samurai judge in 18th century Japan who chooses as his assistant an unlikely boy. Seikei, as the son of a merchant, has no hope of ever becoming a samurai (his greatest wish) because it is a hereditary thing. But he finds himself in curious circumstances which result in a part in a kabuki troupe. This brings an opportunity to prove himself as worthy as any samurai: respectful, courageous, and honorable. The author's note specifies that Ju [...]

    5. This book is listed for young adult, but I think it is geared more toward children/middle grade. Initially it was too simple for me and I was starting to get bored. Then it took a turn about 25% in and I found it more interesting. I liked learning about that time period in Japan and was amazed at the end to discover it was based on a real person. I liked how the boy grew and matured based on his experiences and I thought it was a realistic portrayal of a teen boy. I also liked the discussions of [...]

    6. I'm not quite sure how to feel about this book. First of all, the whole idea of Sepuku was just crazy. Second, I feel like this book could have been waaaay shorter. I was excited to get to the end, but I feel it could have been more exciting if the book hadn't dragged on for so long with not much happening. Sometimes I was confused, so I know Kylie was totally lost when it came to certain details that were revealed at the end. The book was interesting, but if we hadn't been reading it for the ho [...]

    7. A good bit of mystery and historical fiction rolled into one. Set in Japan during the 1700's. Read aloud with my 14yo daughter. It was a good read, perfect sized chapters if you don't have a lot of time to devote each setting. I think we both enjoyed the book. One hard part was pronunciation of the Japanese names and places.

    8. I liked this story, it was very entertaining. The writing style is very simple and unsophisticated, but the story benefits from this simplicity because you are encouraged to consider the deeper meanings on your own.

    9. 3.5 This book was definitely and intruiging and captivating, but I feel like I couldn't fully enjoy it because I had to read it for school. It was well put together and very mysterious, the characters were likeable. I am probably interested in reading the other books in the series!

    10. This book taught me a lot about Japan and its cultures I didn't know. It was a great book but a bit too slow and tedious (which is why I only gave it three stars). Definitely fantasy, but relatively interesting.

    11. I have read all of the books in this series. The author does an amazing job with the setting: Feudal Japan. They were so entertaining and edifying. I enjoyed the mysteries, as well.

    12. Homeschool read. A lot of history here mixed in with the story which I definitely prefer in a homeschool book, but it wasn't very challenging for my boys.

    13. An easy read and quite educational about the Japanese Culture. I love the story line and,seeing how things go for Seikei.

    14. I thought it was nice and cute, when I read this book back in middle school. Went on to read the rest of the series after I read the first book.Enjoy :)

    15. Seikei and his father were on their way to Edo to sell tea. They stopped at an inn along the way, in a small town. A daimyo was also lodged there. The daimyo was bringing a jewel to give to the shogun as a present. The daimyo asked to taste Seikei’s father’s tea. The daimyo liked it and paid Seikei. Seikei’s father was happy when he saw that Seikei had been paid. Later that night, Seikei tossed and turned and couldn’t go to sleep. So he asked his father if he could go to the balcony, and [...]

    16. The author’s purpose is not clearly stated in this book. I think the author’s purpose was to show how honor and respect were two of the most important things in Japan. I believe she reached her purpose. At one point in the book, Seikei and the judge were walking to the holy shrine of Ise but the judge did not want to be known as a samurai. He left his swords behind and told Seikei, “Sometimes the crowds are rough, and there are pickpockets among them. I'm depending on your keen eyes and co [...]

    17. I was a tad disappointed at first. The title gave me the impression that there was a real 'ghost'. It's not so much of a spoiler to say it isn't though, because what the 'ghost' really is turned out to make this story much more interesting and fascinating than I had anticipated.I've always had a penchant for Samurai stories. Samurai Jack (randomly mentioned) was/is one of my all time favorite cartoons. As the creator said, he wanted to create something that both kids and adults could enjoy. It's [...]

    18. It's a fairly well written book, and although you do get the solution as to who the culprit was, the main question was: why they did what they did. It was certainly interesting and it focused a lot more on Seikei and how he managed to help Judge Ooka capture the thief and find out the real reasons why the crime was done the way it was done. I think it was well written due to the fact that it paid close attention to detail and it was filled with good amounts of description to give the reader the [...]

    19. The Ghost in the Tokiado Road by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler is one of the most impressive books I have read. This book takes place in Japan in the Tokiado Road. (1735) This book is about a boy named Seikei. Seikei lives his life as a Merchant son. One day Seikei and his father were traveling to Edo. Stoping at the villages near from the road. Throghout the book Seikei got involved in many adventures that risked his life. He is trying to figure out who the misterious robber is, because the robber [...]

    20. This is the first book in the Samurai Mystery series which contains seven books. This book was pretty good, the writing style is a bit juvenile but it includes a lot of interesting Japanese traditions and history and has a great lead character.Seikei is the fourteen year old son of a merchant and dreams of being a samurai. While his father and him are staying at an inn Seikei is awoken by a ghost who is stealing a priceless Ruby from one of the Samurai staying at the inn. When Seikei mentions th [...]

    21. Seikei is the son of a merchant in ancient Japan, but he longs to escape his current station and become a noble samurai – one of the knights of Japan. He gets his chance when he notices a mysterious figure in the dark while he and his father are staying at an inn. When he speaks up about what he’s seen to save the lives of some innocent paper merchants, Judge Ooka, the investigator decides to let Seikei help him solve the crime he is investigating. Along the way Ooka gives Seikei the opportu [...]

    22. Why I read this book: It looked interesting on the library shelf near Silverfin. The mention of Judge Ooka on the flap made it a must-read.I'd rate this 9 out of 10. Once you get past the setup, which felt longer than it actually was, this is a fast paced and entertaining mystery. The authors do a good job of presenting it from the point of view of a culture that's rather different from ours, in a way that we share the characters' puzzlement at the odd behavior of (e.g.) Westerners.As a child, I [...]

    23. You've got to love Sonlight curriculum. My elder child is currently studying world history circa the 17th and 18th Centuries. We've been immersed in European attempts to colonize the New World, reading stories about Spaniards, English and French folks all seeking their fortunes. Then this week--BAM!--we get a mystery story set in 18th Century Japan. There was nary a foreigner in sight. Anyway, that in itself doesn't make this a good book. This is a good book, of course. I'd advise everybody who [...]

    24. This is the first in the series of "Samurai Mysteries" written by the Hooblers. It's technically a Young Adult (or maybe even Middle Grades) novel, but like anything written for younger readers that is well done, it's a book adults can certainly enjoy.Set in early nineteenth century Japan, this, like much good historical fiction, has characters in it that were real, and the Hooblers use their historical background and characters well. The protagonist, a fifteen-year-old son of a tea merchant, wo [...]

    25. It took me a while to finish this one.It had me want to finish it but then their were parts that i just wanted to skip but i knew that if i did i would probably miss somethingSo in the book.what every family you are born in, you must take up the family businesske say that your family were samarisYou would have to be one as well and you must marry someone that is a samari. Sucks right. I would have loved to be the boy in the book. travel and get to live and experience what it is like to be someth [...]

    26. The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn is written by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler. This book is about the mysterious disappearance of a priceless ruby that belonged to a Shogun, a military leader of Japan. The story features a boy and his merchant father who are convicted of stealing the ruby and must prove their innocence. Along the way the boy learns to be a true samurai who is not even afraid of death. I felt that this book was a quick and easy read but at some points was very slow and tedious. The book [...]

    27. Excellent story about a merchant's son who longs to be a samurai. (view spoiler)[Seikei is traveling with his father when he's a witness to a theft in the middle of the night. The investigating Judge Ooka recruits Seikei to help with his investigation. Seikei gets separated from the judge and joins a kabuki troop to spy and survive.Everything is just briefly touched on, so the story moves swiftly if a bit unbelievable. One sword lesson is hardly enough to become a swordsman and one riding lesson [...]

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