By (author) Cynthia Kadohata
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Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata
Book DescriptionTwelve-year-old Sumiko feels her life has been made up of two parts: before Pearl Harbor and after it. The good part and the bad part. Raised on a flower farm in California, Sumiko is used to being the only Japanese girl in her class. Even when the other kids tease her, she always has had her flowers and family to go home to. That all changes after the horrific events of Pearl Harbor. Other Americans start to suspect that all Japanese people are spies for the emperor, even if, like Sumiko, they were born in the United States! As suspicions grow, Sumiko and her family find themselves being shipped to an internment camp in one of the hottest deserts in the United States. The vivid color of her previous life is gone forever, and now dust storms regularly choke the sky and seep into every crack of the military barrack that is her new "home." Sumiko soon discovers that the camp is on an Indian reservation and that the Japanese are as unwanted there as they'd been at home. But then she meets a young Mohave boy who might just become her first real friend...if he can ever stop being angry about the fact that the internment camp is on his tribe's land. With searing insight and clarity, Newbery Medal-winning author Cynthia Kadohata explores an important and painful topic through the eyes of a young girl who yearns to belong. Weedflower is the story of the rewards and challenges of a friendship across the racial divide, as well as the based-on-real-life story of how the meeting of Japanese Americans and Native Americans changed the future of both.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780689865749
(217mm x 148mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Atheneum Books
Publish Date: 1-May-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Cynthia Kadohata
Half a World Away, Paperback / softback (November 2015)
Twelve-year-old Jaden, an emotionally damaged adopted boy fascinated by electricity, feels a connection to a small, weak toddler with special needs in Kazakhstan, where Jaden's family is trying to adopt a "normal" baby.
Glass Mountains, Paperback / softback (September 2014)
Mariska's peaceful world is torn apart when her village is threatened with something unknown-- war.
Million Shades of Grey, Paperback (February 2010)» View all books by Cynthia Kadohata
The moving story of a boy and his elephant, set against the backdrop of the Vietnam war.
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