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The Thousandth Sword

Story Stats

Rating: 4
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
Page count: 5
Categories: Japanese

Author

Pamela S.
Turner

Appeared in

Cricket Magazine Vol 34, Num 10, June 2007

Story Summary

Benkei, a wondering monk, has vowed to take one thousand swords from hapless samurai to help rebuild a temple he accidentally destroyed. But the thousandth sword belongs to a young musician who turns out to be the leader of the Minamoto clan and twice the swordsman as Benkei.