Preus, Margie. Heart of a Samurai. Abrams, 2010.
During a bad storm in 1841, the fishing boat that 14-year-old Manjiro and his companions were in is swept away from the Japanese coast, finally coming to rest at a barren island covered - at least for a short while - with hundreds of albatross. Just before they succumb to starvation, they are rescued by an American whaling ship commanded by Captain Whitfield. Manjiro's companions choose to be dropped off in Hawaii (or the Sandwich Islands as they were then known), but Manjiro has come to love life at sea and stays with the ship.