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1001 Cranes by Naomi Hirahara
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Aug 14, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: family_story, fiction, grief, strong-female-character, divorce
Recommended for: Gr. 5 and up
Read from August 09 to 10, 2010 , read count: 1

Just when twelve-year-old Angela truly believes she needs to be at home to monitor her parents’ fragmenting marriage, her mother chooses to send her to her grandparents’ home in a San Francisco suburb. There she will spend her summer folding origami cranes for her grandparents’ business. She feels like a stranger in their home, not really understanding either of her grandparents or her Aunt Janet or their shared Japanese heritage. During the summer, Angela learns a great deal about love and the way it is shown, from her own “first love” to her grandparents’ strong, but invisible bond.

Young people will respond to Angela’s relationship to the other characters and an unfamiliar culture regardless of their own cultures.

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