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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
A part-Asian child is repeatedly taunted as "the Jap."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that a half-Asian girl is taunted by classmates as "the Jap" in this story set in 1944. The protagonist is told her pilot father was shot down and killed, but she believes he is still alive.
Is It Any Good?
The first half of this book could lead readers to think that Molly Fowler is one weird girl. Compelled to prove that her father is alive, she does strange things, such as burying her funeral dress at his empty gravesite. The pace is slow as Janet Carey maneuvers the relationships into place, but the second half makes up for these flaws.
Carey is a talented writer who could have used a firmer editorial hand. Tenses are mixed, descriptive images pop up like verbal tics, and the facts get confused. One 12-year-old reader found the writing too cold: "She tries to make it sad, but it's just not." But there are enough exciting discoveries here to make Carey a writer to watch.
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