Historical Novel Society

“A dramatic, adventurous story reflecting the legends and tales of Japan in medieval times. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended!”


Bookish Delights

“It was outstanding! You are swept away not only by the beautiful storytelling, but also the wonderful illustrations. [It’s] a remarkable illustrated middle-grade book that is incredibly inspiring and touching. I highly recommend reading it!


Middle Grade Minded

“The story is a winner from the start…It is both thought-provoking and likely to encourage young readers to seek more knowledge and a greater understanding of the world around them.”


Log Cabin Library

“Tokoyo is both strong-willed and talented…Just by looking at the cover you can see the determination in her eyes. She is also quite brave and a lovely heroine. There are lovely black and white illustrations by Kayla Gilliam and I especially enjoyed the addition of the Cultural notes which provided the definition of the Japanese words used in the story as well as the Author’s note at the end of the book.”


Most noble-born girls of Tokoyo’s age learn to sing, paint, and write poetry.

Not Tokoyo. She’s an adventurous girl!

Tokoyo is the daughter of a samurai in fourteenth century Japan. Her father trains her in the martial arts. When he is away, she escapes to the sea where she works with the Ama—a society of women and girls who dive in the deep waters for food and treasure. But disaster strikes her family. Can Tokoyo save her father using the lessons she learned and the skills she mastered to overcome corrupt officials, her own doubts, and a nasty sea demon?

The Adventurous Girls Series Book #1

  • Title: Tokoyo, the Samurai’s Daughter
  • Author: Faith L. Justice
  • Publisher: Raggedy Moon Books (May 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 0692677089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692677087
  • LCCN: 2017930973
  • Formats:
    • Trade paperback (122 pages) $6.99
    • eBook (Kindle, epub) $2.99
    • Audiobook (Audible and iTunes) $6.95 (FREE with 30-day trial)

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Finalist in the Middle-grade Speculative Fiction category of the 2018 Multicultural Children’s Book Day Contest.