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Aleutian Sparrow by Karen Hesse
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Jun 17, 08

Read in June, 2008

Aleutian Sparrow is a historical fiction novel that illustrates the experiences of the Aleutian people when they were removed from their homeland after it was bombed by the Japanese during World War II. The novel, which is written in free verse and is narrated by a fourteen year old girl named Vera, takes one through the upheavals, the heartache, and the perseverance of her people in a time of uncertainty and desperation. The text is filled with images that bring light to the brutal experiences of the Aleutian people, tugging at ones emotions and leaving one wondering about the real experiences and story of the Aleutian people. Although the poems are filled with elegant detail, they tend to leave a lot to the imagination and can again leave one wondering about the actual events and experiences the tribe went through during their relocation
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