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by Sepahban, Lois.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2016.Edition: First edition.Description: 181 pages, 2 unnumbered pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780374302160 (hardback).Subject(s): Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 -- Juvenile fiction | Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 -- Fiction | Manzanar War Relocation Center -- Fiction | Selective mutism -- Fiction | Family life -- Fiction | World War, 1939-1945 -- United States -- FictionSummary: Near the start of World War II, young Manami, her parents, and Grandfather are evacuated from their home and sent to Manzanar, an ugly, dreary internment camp in the desert for Japanese-American citizens.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Ten-year-old Manami did not realize how peaceful her family's life on Bainbridge Island was until the day it all changed. It's 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Manami and her family are Japanese American, which means that the government says they must leave their home by the sea and join other Japanese Americans at a prison camp in the desert. Manami is sad to go, but even worse is that they are going to have to give her and her grandfather's dog, Yujiin, to a neighbor to take care of. Manami decides to sneak Yujiin under her coat and gets as far as the mainland before she is caught and forced to abandon Yujiin. She and her grandfather are devastated, but Manami clings to the hope that somehow Yujiin will find his way to the camp and make her family whole again. It isn't until she finds a way to let go of her guilt that Manami can reclaim the piece of herself that she left behind and accept all that has happened to her family.

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Includes bibliographical references (page 183).

Near the start of World War II, young Manami, her parents, and Grandfather are evacuated from their home and sent to Manzanar, an ugly, dreary internment camp in the desert for Japanese-American citizens.

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Horn Book Review

In 1942, ten-year-old Japanese American girl Manami and her family are forced to leave their home on Bainbridge Island, Washington, for Manzanar, an internment camp in the California desert. Grandfather has arranged for their dog Yujiin to stay with their pastor, but Manami hides the pup in her coat instead. On the mainland, a soldier discovers the dog, who must then be left behind in a crate, his fate unknown. Heartbroken for Yujiin, herself, and Grandfather (who had found the dog just after Grandmother died), Manami becomes mute. Her emotional trauma is sensitively portrayed, as is Grandfathers subsequent depression. Kirby Larsons Scott ODell Awardwinning Dash (rev. 9/14) tells a similar story, but a much lighter one, and with a happy ending. Sepahbans novel is sadder and ends before the war does, but Manami does recover her voice when she needs it most, and the story closes on a hopeful note with a move to another camp. The historical background of the Manzanar Riot is incompletely explained (perhaps portraying the young protagonists limited understanding of the event), and the familys occasional gestures of physical affection seem culturally inaccurate, but readers ready for a more somber view of Japanese American internment should find this novel honest and engaging. A lengthy, informative authors note is appended. jennifer m. brabander (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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