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Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata
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Dec 21, 10


Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata is an extraordinary book. This book is about Sumiko, a twelve year old Japanese girl. She lives with her grandfather Jiichan, her aunt and uncle, her younger brother Tak-Tak, and two cousins, Ichiro and Bull. Her parents died in a car crash years earlier. Her family runs a flower farm that produces high quality flowers for florists throughout the area in California.Sumiko is used to being the only Japanese girl in her class. Even when the other kids tease her, she always has had her flowers and family to go home to. Everything changes when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.Many people feel that every Japanese person is a spy. Sumiko and her family are sent to a internment camp in the Arizona desert. Her previous life is gone forever and now dust storms regularly occur.The military barrack is her new "home". Sumiko soon discovers that the camp was on an Indian reservation and that the Japanese are as unwanted there as they'd been at home. Later on, she meets a young Mohave boy who might just become her first real friend if he can ever stop being angry about the fact that the internment camp is on his tribe's land.I enjoyed reading this book.I liked how Sumiko's thoughts was presented as lists of options.This book also shows that you can make friends with diverse people in the world.I would recommend Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata to a friend.
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04/07/2010 page 53
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04/08/2010 page 102
37.5% "So far, I am enjoying this book. The time period in this book is when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor."
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