Weedflower

Weedflower

Book - 2006
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Twelve-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.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2006.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780689865749
0689865740
Branch Call Number: j F KADOHATA
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 22 cm.

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Told sparsely from the point of few of 12 year old Sumiko, this story is one to remember.
~Alexa

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TheUrchin3
Aug 14, 2014

I love this book!

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sylas
Aug 08, 2012

Great book about building relationships across differences.

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katbehrend
Jul 20, 2012

I loved this book. I like that it addressed the relationship between Japanese Americans and Native Americans during the internment. Sumiko's friendship with Frank was a powerful example of allyship and making connections across differences. I loved the characters in this book, from her Tak-Tak to Jiachan, I thought each one was thoughtfully developed. A great book I definitely plan on using in my future classrooms!

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learn4life
Jan 04, 2012

The Book was sooo good that I couldn't put it down! I even snuck some class time to read it! :)

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KM16
May 22, 2011

One of few book's that touches on a sad part of our countries heritage, Japanese internment. But don't be turned off by this. You will love the main character and her journey to discover who she truly is.

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Bookworm283
Feb 28, 2008

This book is about a young girl and her family post WW2 bombing of Pearl Harbor. It is a very good read. I have enjoyed it a lot, and recommend it.

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