Posted on May 28, 2014 by Ms. Martha
Summary: When her family is forced into an internment camp, Mitsi Kashino is separated from her home, her classmates, and her beloved dog Dash; and as her family begins to come apart around her, Mitsi clings to her one connection to the outer world–the letters from the kindly neighbor who is caring for Dash.
Filed under: 2014-2015 Club, What We're Reading | Tagged: 2015, dogs, historical fiction, internment camps, Japanese Americans, letters, Washington State | Leave a comment »
Posted on May 15, 2013 by Ms. Martha
Summary: Summer and her little brother, Jaz, are left in the care of their grandparents, who come out of retirement in order to harvest wheat and help pay the bills. The thing about Obaachan and Jiichan is that they are old-fashioned and demanding, and between helping Obaachan and worrying about her lonely little brother, Summer just barely has time to notice the attentions of their boss’s cute son. But what begins as a welcome distraction from the hard work soon turns into a mess of its own. And when that happens, Summer has to figure out how to change it herself, even if it means further displeasing Obaachan. Because it might be the only way to save her family.
Filed under: 2013-2014 Club, Not Mock Newbery | Tagged: 2013, family, farming, Japanese Americans | 1 Comment »
Posted on April 18, 2012 by Ms. Martha
Summary: At the start of World War II, Japanese-American third-grader Aki and her family are sent to an internment camp in Poston, Arizona. Meanwhile, Mexican-American third-grader Sylvia’s family leases their Orange County, California, farm and begins a fight to stop school segregation.
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Filed under: 2012-2013 Club, Not Mock Newbery | Tagged: 2012, historical fiction, Japanese Americans, Mexican Americans, segregation | 2 Comments »
Posted on March 23, 2012 by Ms. Martha
Summary: After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, thirteen-year-old Tetsu and his family are sent to the Gila River Relocation Center in Arizona where a fellow prisoner starts a baseball team, but when Tetsu’s sister becomes ill and he feels responsible, he stops playing.
Filed under: 2012-2013 Club, Not Mock Newbery | Tagged: 2012, baseball, Gila River Relocation, historical fiction, Japanese Americans | 3 Comments »