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By Stephanie Dunnewind, Common Sense Media Reviewer

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Interned girl, Native boy find common ground in moving tale.

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Newbery Medal-winning author Cynthia Kadohata's story about families forced into internment camps offers a fresh angle on the topic. It juxtaposes the prejudice against Japanese Americans with ongoing discrimination of Native Americans on the reservation "hosting" the camp. Sumiko is surprised to discover, for example, that her new friend Frank's tribe cannot vote; no one on the reservation has electricity or running water.

The reflective story will appeal to those who appreciate Sumiko's close relationship with her older cousins and younger brother and want to learn more about this dark period in U.S. history.

Book Details

  • Author: Cynthia Kadohata
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: January 27, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 14
  • Number of pages: 260
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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