Monday, July 10, 2006


Twelve-year-old Sumiko and her little brother Tak Tak live with their uncle and aunt on a flower farm in southern California since their parents were killed in a car accident. The author, Cynthia Kadohata, presents the readers will a well researched and touching novel that gives us a glimpse of life for the Japanese-Americans during the internment and relocation after Pearl Harbor was bombed.

This story has a unique twist in the character, Frank, a Native American of the Mohave tribe. We see the prejudice and discrimination of this ethnic group too. Sumiko and many members of her family end up at a camp on the Mohave reservation in Arizona. There are no fences, but they feel trapped by the heat, the dust, and the boredom. Sumiko helps Mr. Moto with a garden and plants some of the stock seeds she brought from their flower farm. When the story ends, the war is not over, but Sumiko and her family are going to Illinois so her aunt can work in a factory.

We have a number of other books in the library that deal with this subject, a dark time in American history.
Farewell to Manzanar
Thin Wood Walls
The Moved Outers
Cassie’s War
Under the Blood Red Sun
Eyes of the Emperor
A Boy No More
A Jar of Dreams
Journey Home
Journey to Topaz
Molly Donnelly
The Eternal Spring of Mr. Ito

You can also find information from the Library of Congress and The National Archives and the Smithsonian


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