Books Margi Preus Books by Margi Preus Margi Preus has written books about: Young Adult Fiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Margi Preus NPR's Backseat Book Club The Complete List: What NPR's Backseat Book Club Has Read So Far June 13, 2013 Looking for a great read for a kid age 9-14? Here are all the titles our kids' book club has read since we launched in 2011. We revisit classics like Black Beauty and The Phantom Tollbooth and explore new stories like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Graveyard Book. NPR's Backseat Book Club Meet Manjiro, Japan's Unlikely Teen Ambassador May 31, 2012 Heart of a Samurai tells the true story of 14-year-old Manjiro, a boy who was shipwrecked, rescued by whalers and taken to America. It was the late 1800s, when Japan was cut off from the outside world — until Manjiro returned and influenced the shogun to open the country to diplomacy. Meet Manjiro, Japan's Unlikely Teen Ambassador Listen · 8:15 8:15 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/153918185/154103356" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript NPR's Backseat Book Club May Backseat Book Club Pick: 'Heart Of A Samurai' April 24, 2012 Margi Preus' Heart of a Samurai tells the story of Manjiro, a fisherman's son who dreams of becoming a samurai. When his boat is shipwrecked off the coast of Japan, he embarks on a series of adventures that turn his dreams into reality.