Margi Preus - Books


Coming Sept. 2015: The Bamboo Sword

Companion to Heart of a Samurai

Enchantment Lake

Midwest Booksellers Choice Award finalist

West of the Moon

An ALA/ALSC Notable Book

Minnesota Book Award

Society of Midland Author’s Award

Best Books of the Year lists: Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, Kirkus, Bookpage, Hornbook, Bank Street College

cover art by Lille Carre


Shadow on the Mountain

Inspired by the True Adventures of a Wartime Spy

WWII Norway

Bank Street College Best Books for Children List

Notable Books for a Global Society

VOYA Top Shelf for Middle Grade Readers

cover art by Yuko Shimizu

Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams


Heart of a Samurai

Based on the true story of Manjiro Nakahama

A rollicking adventure on the high seas

Newbery Honor Book

cover art by Jillian Tamaki

Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams

Featured on NPR’s Backseat Bookclub

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Historic and Famous Trees of the World

by Margi Preus

illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon

Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt


The Legend of the Ladyslipper 

co-written with Lise Lunge-Larson, illustrated by Andrea Arroyo


The lady slipper grows in the northern woods to mark the courage and strength of a small girl who lived there long ago—a girl who saved her people from a terrible disease by listening carefully to the whispering snow, the rumbling ice, and the dancing northern lights.

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