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The Beast Player

The Beast Player

Nahoko Uehashi; translated by Cathy Hirano

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


Nahoko Uehashi's The Beast Player is an epic YA fantasy about a girl with a special power to communicate with magical beasts and the warring kingdom only she can save.

Michael L. Printz Award - Honor, Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year





A huge saloh tree stood on the lakeshore, its blossom-laden branches stretching over the water. The soft white petals shimmered like cotton down in the morning light and...

Praise for The Beast Player

A Batchelder Award Honor Book
A Printz Award Honor Book
An ALSC Notable

"Uehashi’s vivid storytelling, beautiful prose, and shifting perspectives that cover a broad scope of events will have readers relishing every detail of her lush world building." —The Bulletin, starred review, on The Beast Player

"The beauty and power of the natural world is at the core of this intriguing fantasy, whose abrupt ending guarantees a sequel." —Kirkus Reviews on The Beast Player


Reviews from Goodreads

Nahoko Uehashi; translated by Cathy Hirano

Nahoko Uehashi is one of Japan's most popular children's writers. She has won numerous awards, including the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award. An associate professor at a Japanese university, she has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and studies indigenous peoples in Australia. Her books include the multivolume Moribito series. She lives near Tokyo, Japan.

Nahoko Uehashi

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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