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The Fences Between Us by Kirby Larson
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Oct 29, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, juvenile-fiction
Read in October, 2010

the return of Scholastic's 'Dear America' series- first person journal-style stories set in a variety of moments in American history. I loved Larson's "Hattie Big Sky" and was excited to see she did a book for 'Dear America.'
Here the narrator, Piper, daughter of a baptist minister of a Japansese-American congregation in 1940s Seattle takes us from a time just prior to Pearl Harbor (where her older brother was serving on the Arizona [he lives]) to the incarceration of the Japanese. She and her father relocate to Twin Falls, ID so he can continue his ministry with his congregation, now held in Minidoka. Based, in part, on Reverend Brooks Andrews of Seattle.

Historical notes, photos, web links, references at the back.

Piper has a believable voice and her friendships and encounters provide a snapshot of the time and the prejudice and persecution of the Japanese-Americans.
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