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Jenny Kimura

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Jenny, who is half Japanese and half American, has a hard time adjusting to her grandmother when she is invited to America for the summer.
Mass Market Paperback, 217 pages
Published 1968 by William Morrow (first published 1964)
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Aug 15, 2012 Vanessa rated it liked it
I grabbed this book from my school library when I was about 12 and I guess it must have made a big impression on me because here I am, 34 years later, thinking about it still. As other reviewers have stated, it is the story of a Half- Japanese, half-American girl raised in Japan and the cultural adjustments she must make when she goes to stay with her American grandmother for the first time. It is also a story of a teenager on the threshold of womanhood, and all of the emotional ups and downs ...more
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Jun 07, 2015 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
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Jenny Kimura Smith's father is American, and her mother is Japanese. They live in the Setagaya-ku of Tokyo, and her father considers Japan his home. Her mother's parents were very much against the marriage, and the Smiths only visit them at the New Year. Her father is estranged from his own mother, especially after his brother was killed in WWII, but Jenny hopes that the relationship between the two will be better now that her grandmother, after whom she was named, has sent for he
Jun 21, 2010 Lisa rated it it was ok
Shelves: finished-in-2010
Interesting take about a girl whose mother is Japanese and father is American, who visits her American grandmother in Kansas City for the first time. Brings up a lot of issues about how the Japanese were viewed, postwar, as well as a child from a mixed marriage. Published in 1966, it's horribly dated-- lots of references to gender roles that aren't even considered now-- but I'm glad to know a book like this was published that addresses the difficult questions. The ending was limp, however.
Karen Brimhall
Jul 30, 2008 Karen Brimhall rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens
Recommended to Karen by: Was in my Jr. High library
Shelves: childhood-books
Wow, can't believe this book is on here... I read it when I was around 13, back in the 70's! I remember that I loved it.
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American juvenile author (full name: Elizabeth Allen) Betty Cavanna suffered from a crippling disease, infantile paralysis, as a child, which she eventually overcame with treatment and exercise. During her convalescence, attentive adults read to her until she was old enough to read to herself, beginning a long love affair with books.

Cavanna majored in journalism at the New Jersey College for Women
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