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Now and Zen

Nori Tanaka is thrilled to be studying abroad in Tokyo, Japan, but it isn’t exactly what she had imagined.


She expected tranquil gardens and swoopy-roofed houses, not concrete and neon. And everyone assumes that, with her traditional Japanese features, she’s a native instead of the naïve Japanese-American that she really is. Even Erik, a gorgeous German student, mistakes Nori for Japanese, and treats her like a personal tour guide.


It doesn’t take long to realize that she has a lot to learn about Japan, and about herself, before she can pass for a native. But after exploring the karaoke clubs in Tokyo, the peaceful temples in Kyoto, and the tranquil heights of Mt. Fuji, Nori knows she has a good chance of finding the hidden Japanese spirit and Zen mindset within herself.

“Well-rounded characters, unusual dilemmas, a fresh look at Japan”

                                 Kate Coombs, author of Water Sings Blue


“Fantastic, action-packed novel… interesting scenes and characters… just the right amount of romance.”      Flamingnet Book Review

“Great blend of fictional plot and cultural facts.”     —A Patchwork of Books

“Fast-paced story line. Nori is a winner.” —KC Dyer, author of Ms. Zephyr’s Notebook


“Vivid and enriching sense of place… well crafted characters.”     —M Swist, American School in Japan

ALA Popular Paperback Nominee
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Additional Information: 

This is a standalone book in the Students Across the Seven Seas Series

214 pages     |      Age range:   12 years & up     |     ISBN: 9780142406571


Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Published: September 7, 2006

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